Tim worked as an economist in the construction industry for a decade after graduating from the University of Bath. He subsequently moved to a research post at the New Economics Foundation and worked for 15 years at Sheffield Hallam University, where he was awarded a PhD in 2001. He has been Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University since 2010.
Tim’s research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing design, consumer behaviour, public policy and environmental ethics. He has a specialist expertise in product longevity and formed the Research Network on Product Life Spans with financial support from the EPSRC in 2004. Contributing Editor of Longer Lasting Products (Gower, 2010), his recent research has focussed on the clothing and electronic goods industries.
Tim has managed and contributed to a wide range of research projects, funded by the European Commission, Council of Europe, EPSRC, ESRC, Defra, WRAP and including several collaborative projects with industry and third sector organisations. He is currently Co-Director of the £6.2m RCUK-funded Centre for Industrial Energy Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) which aims to explore potential reductions in materials use. He has acted as research evaluator for the Research Council of Norway, Irish Environmental Protection Agency and Belgium Federal Science Policy Office.