Special Issue "Sustainable Design Education and Implementation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vicky Lofthouse
Guest Editor
Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
Interests: responsible design; user centred sustainable design; sustainable design implementation; challenges of circularity
Dr. Ksenija Kuzmina
Guest Editor
Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London, Loughborough University, London, UK
Interests: service design; design for education; education for sustainable development; social change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue recognizes that there is an ongoing discourse regarding the need for changes in design education [1–3]. The need to explore and enact these changes is further amplified by the fact that the contexts in which designers are working, are becoming increasingly complex. This is reflected both in the roles that designers are moving into, which are more diverse, as well as the immense challenges that design aims to address (poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice) [4]. This Special Issue invites exploration of radical approaches to Sustainable Design Education and Implementation in Higher Education from multiple perspectives, focusing on what designers learn, how they learn and where they learn. We invite contributions which provide commentary on novel, visionary and progressive sustainable design pedagogies, and the implications they have on formal education systems.

We recognise that education happens outside of formal setting, so are also interested in exploring learning which has occurred through Sustainable Design projects to understand the role of ‘education by sustainable design’. Studies that explore the impact of sustainable design projects beyond the ‘nudge’ towards sustainable behaviours and explore transformational change through learning in individuals and organisations are of most interest.  We welcome contributions from all fields of design, including: industrial, service, product, graphic, communication, architecture, engineering design and others.

Dr. Vicky Lofthouse
Dr. Ksenija Kuzmina
Guest Editors


  1. Chick, A. Preparing British design undergraduates for the challenge of sustainable development. Art. Des. Educ. 2000, 19, 161–169.
  2. Meyer, M. W.; Norman, D. Changing Design Education for the 21st Century. She Ji J. Des. Econ. Innov. 2020, 6, 13–49.
  3. Papanek, V. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, 2nd ed; Thames and Hudson: London, UK, 1985.
  4. Take Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, 2020. Available online: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ (accessed on 17 September 2020)

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Radical approaches to sustainable design pedagogy
  • Education by sustainable design and its implementation
  • Learning through sustainable design projects
  • Politics of education
  • Systems thinking
  • Multi-disciplinary approaches
  • Service design and education
  • Biomimicry and design
  • Social innovation/ecologically driven approaches
  • Ecology and design
  • Design for circularity
  • Student experience
  • Sustainable development goals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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