2nd Conference on Product Lifetimes and the Environment, PLATE 2017

The conference proceedings were published as a Thomson Reuters and Scopus-indexed e-book with IOS Press (Delft University Press). A selection of papers were invited for a special issue in The Design Journal.

Workshops were also held. These differ from conference sessions in that they are targeted to smaller audiences with a focus on audience participation and interaction (e.g. discussions, question and answer sessions and group work). Through these workshops we aimed to provide new means for presenting and discussing research during the conference.


PLATE 2017 embraced a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, history, anthropology and culture, technology, business, economics, marketing, consumer behaviour, law and public policy. Contributions addressed the following and related themes:

  1. Design for product longevity
  2. The role of product lifetimes in resource efficiency
  3. Product lifetimes optimization
  4. Cultural perspectives on the throwaway society
  5. Circular economy and product lifetimes
  6. Business opportunities, economic implications and marketing strategies
  7. Consumer influences on product lifetimes, including repair and reuse
  8. Policy, regulation and legislation

Conference room


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