Design of an Integrated Assessment of Re-distributed Manufacturing for the Sustainable, Resilient City

Rachel Freeman, Chris McMahon, Patrick Godfrey

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Re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) has the potential to be beneficial to business and society through creating jobs, reducing the environmental impacts of production, and improving organizational and societal resilience to future disturbances. The potential impacts of RDM for a city-region are complex and their exploration requires the consideration of a wide range of issues---societal, technical, logistical, and environmental. This paper discusses the use of an approach called Integrated Assessment to carry out an initial scoping of the issues. A research framework for RDM, and the key themes from a workshop that explored the causal relationships between different types of resilience, sustainability, and the manufacturing sectors are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Design and Manufacturing 2016
EditorsRossi Setchi, Robert J. Howlett, Ying Liu, Peter Theobald
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-32098-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Systems thinking
  • Sustainable manufacturing and society
  • Re-distributed manufacturing
  • Manufacturing resilience

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