Plenary Speaker:

Professor Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University and Co-Director of the £4m Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products. Tim was a construction industry economist prior to posts at the New Economics Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University. A specialist in product lifetimes, his research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing sustainable design, consumer behaviour, public policy and environmental values. His work has been funded by the European Commission, EPSRC, Defra and WRAP and has included collaborative projects with industry in the clothing and electronic goods sectors. He is Contributing Editor of Longer Lasting Products (Gower, 2010).

Discussing: Low Expectations: Have consumers grown too tolerant of our throwaway culture?


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gary Leeke

Professor Gary Leeke is Chair in Chemical Engineering and Head of the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre at Cranfield University, UK. His research interests lie in the areas of recycling enabling technologies and resource efficiency. He has expertise in high pressure engineering and thermo-chemical processing, specifically in reaction engineering, separation technology, flow reactors, and their applications to polymer/composite processing and remanufacture, mixed plastic waste and the circular economy.  He currently leads three government funded projects dealing with the transformation of plastic waste into chemical products. He led the EXHUME project in the UK  investigating the deconstruction and re-use of fibre reinforced composites. Gary is advisor to the New Plastics Economy and sits on the Composites Leadership Forum Sustainability Working Group for Composites UK.

Discussing: Transforming Consumer Plastic Waste


Professor Gini Lee

Gini Lee is a landscape architect, interior designer and pastoralist and is Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was the Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture at UoM from 2011 to 2017. Her academic focus in research and teaching is on cultural and critical landscape architecture and spatial interior design theory and studio practice, to engage with the curation and postproduction of complex landscapes. Focusing on arid environments, her multidisciplinary research into the water landscapes of remote territories contributes to the scientific, cultural, and Indigenous understanding of and management strategies for fragile landscapes. Her recent landscape curation and installation practice is an experiment with postproduction and Deep Mapping methods to investigate the cultural and scientific landscapes of remote and rural Australia, Scandinavia, global archipelagos and the arid lands of western USA. Since 2014 she is an invited researcher at SLU Malmo where she collaborates in fieldwork based research into transect travel methodologies. She is a registered landscape architect and contributes to the strategic planning, design and practice of urban and educational landscapes in Melbourne and beyond.

Discussing: How we can make do with what we already have.


Professor Guanyi Chen

Guanyi Chen, PhD,  is Chair and Professor of Bioenergy and Environment, Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University and the Co-Director of the China- Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development. His research focuses on wastes to energy by thermal-chemical conversion integrated with biological processes. He has published more than 200 papers. He is also a member of International Standard Organization (ISO/TC255) responsible for Safety and Environment Issues in the field of biogas.

Discussing: The waste system in China: Progress towards the circular economy


Professor Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron Tonkinwise is the Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Technology Sydney. He has recently returned to Australia after a decade in North America holding the positions of Director Doctoral Studies at School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Dean Sustainability at the Parsons School of Design and Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in New York City. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy of technology, but the focus of Cameron’s current research and teaching is sustainable design and service design. With colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, he has been developing Transition Design, a collection of techniques for design-enabled multi-stage change toward more sustainable futures. Cameron is currently researching the role of Sharing Economies, especially worker-owned ‘Platform Cooperatives,’ in Sustainability Transitions.

Discussing: The Great Lean Acceleration: The result of avoiding the waste of knowing what for


Professor Maria Cecilia Loschiavo Dos Santos

Dr. Maria Cecilia Loschiavo Dos Santos is a philosopher and full professor of Design at the School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo. Received her M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Aesthetics, Philosophy at University of São Paulo. Professor Loschiavo dos Santos is an internationally recognized scholar, she was visiting scholar in several postdoctoral programs at the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (1995-96); Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences at the University of Campinas, Brazil (1997); College of Design and Arts at Nihon University, Tokyo (1999); Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal (2001); Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles (2007-08).

Professor Loschiavo dos Santos was also guest lecturer at BGC – Bard Graduate Center, 2011, at Boras University, 2013, and at LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2014, Americas Society, New York, 2015; University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2015; The University of Texas at Austin, 2015; Jönköping University, Sweden, 2017; Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design, 2017.

Her research focuses on Design and sociotechnologies in Brazil, with emphasis on the following themes: design, design for sustainability, Brazilian design, social design, socio-spatial exclusion, street dwellers, recyclable waste pickers. She is author of several books, among them Design, waste and dignityModern furniture in Brazil; Jorge Zalszupin – modern design in Brazil and Design, Waste and Dignity.

Discussing: Fetish, Design and the Fury of Disposal: What are the consequences of fetishization of consumption?


Duncan Baker-Brown

FRSA RIBA Director of BBM Sustainable Design & Senior Lecturer at The School of Architecture & Design University of Brighton

Duncan has practised, researched, and taught around issues of sustainable development for over 25 years. He has worked on projects as diverse as ‘The Greenwich Millennium Village’ n London with Ralph Erskine, and more recently the multi-award-winning New Country House and Estate Master Plan in Sussex UK. Author of ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’ published by RIBA, he is perhaps best known for a series of thought-provoking ‘house’ projects testing issues of sustainable design and resource management including ‘The House that Kevin Built’ in 2008 and ‘The Brighton Waste House’ in 2014.

Duncan’s research tests the viability of a number of practices and materials, recognising the potential of discarded “waste” as a valuable resource in the future of construction, as well as live projects as valuable teaching aides. Through his projects he fosters community development and regeneration, working with apprentice builders and students, informing young people of all ages as to their role in sustainable living. Duncan creates examples of community practice that, through the use of innovative techniques such as ‘resource mapping’ can redefine what local materials are and match them with local skills and trades.

Duncan is currently the Principal Investigator for a 3million Euro Interreg research programme considering the viability of local waste flows to be processed into insulation for the social housing sector. He lectures widely on issues relating to sustainable development in the design and construction industry, and has recently curated ‘The WasteZone’, a three-day symposium involving over 25 invited speakers including Prof. Walter Stahel, Prof. Michael Braungart and David Benjamin of New York’s ‘The Living’.

Discussing: Buildings as material banks: Designing for perpetual reuse