Special Issue "Sustainability and Materials"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017)
Prof. Dr. P.V. Kandachar
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands
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Interests: design; design thinking; inclusive innovation; well-being; emerging markets; development economics; sustainable development; social sustainability; technology; materials and manufacturing technology; design tools and methods; design strategy; user-centredness; entrepreneurship; research and development
Materials have close connection with real world challenges; they also are interlinked with sustainability, during the entire value chain, encompassing all major aspects of sustainability: social-, cultural-, economic-, and environmental. Many concepts of sustainability, like industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, eco-efficiency, as well as new thinking such as “Frugal innovation (doing more with less)”, “Cradle to Cradle”, “Biomimicry”, etc., are guiding the development of the next generation of materials, products, and processes.
During the last several decades, rapid economic growth has resulted in enormous material prosperity, but also in a substantial increase in environmental impacts and a rapid depletion of material resources, calling for austerity in resource-intensive applications and appropriate human behavior. Sustainable energy technologies, for instance, rely on materials at risk of supply disruptions in the short term, such as Critical Materials.
While sustainability is now the key driver of innovation, materials have a large role to play in achieving a transition to more sustainable planet. What are the ways materials are responding to challenges raised by the need for global sustainability? What are the implications for materials consumption, use and human behavior? Is material resource criticality an opportunity for sustainable innovations? How are materials and social sustainability related? How are businesses responding to the challenges of integrating simultaneously, culture, communities, environment, economy, green technologies, and materials? What are and should be the roles of scientists, designers, policy makers, etc.? Which multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches are being explored? New scientific, technological and policy insights, visions, principles and experiences addressing such questions and related issues form the essence of this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. P.V. Kandachar
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- materials science and technology;
- global sustainability;
- resource criticality;
- human behavior;
- multi-disciplinary approach;
- design and sustainable innovations;
- role of science;
- economy and society