Dr Conny Bakker

Products that Last: Product Design for Circular Business Models.

Dr Conny Bakker is associate professor at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where she coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design. Her research field is Design for the Circular Economy, in particular the design and development of products that are used more than once (i.e. that have multiple lifecycles). It explores strategies such as product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, and the business models that enable these strategies. A second research interest is the field of user centred sustainable design, which focuses on exploring the relationships between consumer behaviour, sustainability and design. Conny Bakker holds a PhD in ‘environmental information for industrial designers’, which she obtained in 1995 while working at the research organisation TNO.

Dr Ruth Mugge

Buying and Keeping: A Consumer's perspective on Product Longevity?

Dr Ruth Mugge is Associate Professor in Consumer Research at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. She holds a MSc in Industrial Design Engineering and obtained her PhD on the topic of product attachment by investigating how designers can encourage consumers to form an emotional bond via the product design.

Ruth Mugge has expertise on the value of product design for influencing consumer responses at purchase and during ownership. More specifically, she is interested in contributing to a sustainable environment by investigating consumers’ evaluation of remanufactured/refurbished products and by exploring ways to change households’ energy consumption. She has published her research in scientific journals as Applied Ergonomics, Applied Energy, Design Journal, Design Studies, Ergonomics, International Journal of Design, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Engineering Design, and Journal of Product Innovation and Management.

Kyle Wiens

The iFixit Story: How a global movement of tinkerers, hackers, and self-taught engineers are trying to fix the world.

Kyle is the co-founder of iFixit, the repair community internationally renowned for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. iFixit empowers millions of people to repair their broken stuff every month. Kyle has testified on electronic exports to the US International Trade Commission and is actively involved in developing global environmental standards.

Kyle regularly speaks on design for repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of manufacturing. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Popular Mechanics, and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Tim Cooper

Product Lifetimes: What We know and What We Need to Know.

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.

Sarah Clayton

Guaranteed to Succeed: Working with brands and retailers to increase durability and reliability through a strong business case.

Sarah is Head of Products and Services at WRAP. She has worked in the environmental sector for over ten years, joining WRAP in October 2006 as a project manager in the manufacturing team. Sarah currently leads on:

  • manufactured goods – improving the sustainability of textiles and electrical products;
  • the built environment – increasing the resource efficiency of how we design, build and use buildings.

During her time at WRAP, Sarah has been responsible for managing the WRAP input into the Waste Protocols Project, a joint Environment Agency and WRAP initiative, which won the Better Regulation category at the National Business Awards in 2009. She has also worked on London 2012, EPOW and public sector procurement to name but a few.

Prior to joining WRAP, Sarah worked in External Affairs at the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), leading their work on recovered paper through the PaperChain and NNIEAG initiatives.

Sign up for plate updates