(MPhil also available)
|Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
|February and October
||January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October
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.
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.
Fees and funding
|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.