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Sustainable design and innovation

Sustainable design and innovation

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
Qualifications
PhD (MPhil also available)
Duration
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Sustainable design and innovation research has a long legacy at The Open University. In the 1970s seminal work was undertaken framing up alternative technologies, particularly in the context of energy and sustainable policy (Boyle and Elliott). In the 1980s and 1990s work originated here on ‘green innovation’ theory and practice within commercial, social and policy contexts (Roy & Potter) and the UK’s first PhD on Ecodesign strategies was published (Dewberry,1996). Today in the Design Group we continue this tradition, emphasising the relational and multi-scale nature of sustainable design and innovation and the diverse landscapes it inhabits.

We welcome research applications that align to the following areas of research interest:

  • Products, Services and Systems (PSS)
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Innovation
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Circular Economies
  • Sustainable buildings, cities and infrastructures
  • Low-carbon housing and transport policy and design
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • Low-carbon mobilities
  • Smart grid and city developments
  • Sustainable leadership for Climate Change
  • Ecoliteracy and transformational learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Current/recent research projects

Research projects will be advertised on the Design Blog when they are available. General applications that respond to the themes listed above are welcome.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £14,769 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £7,384 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.

Links

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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Emma Dewsberry or Matthew Cook
Email: stem-ei-phd

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