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Special Issue "The Future of Design for Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Tracy Bhamra

Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK
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Phone: +44-(0)1509-223441
Interests: design for sustainability; design for sustainable behaviour; methods and tools for sustainable product design; sustainable product services systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Garrath Wilson

Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK
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Phone: +44-(0)1509-226961
Interests: design for sustainable behaviour; speculative design; emotionally durable design; industrial design; user experience design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Design for sustainability is not the panacea we hoped it would be when it was first introduced in the latter part of the 20th century. Today, the health of both our environment and our societies is at a critical state, at a breaking point, with piecemeal solutions offered as social-media-friendly rallying points, such as the recent European Parliament-approved ban on single-use plastics, whilst fundamental, and arguably less ‘exciting’, issues such as loss of biodiversity, overpopulation, and climate change are shuffled to the back.

It can be argued that the awareness of the concept of sustainability and the need to reduce our negative impact upon the environment and society has grown significantly and, consequently, has moved up the global agenda. This is evidenced by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference; however, it is clear that the role of design for sustainability within this agenda is not providing the solutions necessary to manifest the level of change required. Traditional approaches are not working.

This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that push the frontier of what design for sustainability could be—and possibly should be—across the broad spectrum of design disciplines, including product design, user experience design, service design, etc. In particular, we invite manuscripts that question and offer alternatives to the current thinking, strategies, and directions.

Prof. Tracy Bhamra
Dr. Garrath Wilson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Design for Sustainability
  • Radical change
  • Future trends
  • Speculative design
  • Alternative design models and strategies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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