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