Transitions in Sustainable Product Design Research

Casper Boks, Tim C. McAloone

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    By the early 1990s, sustainable product innovation (or ecodesign, or Design for environment) had gained sufficient critical mass in academic research to be identified as a distinct research area. In the past 15 years, stimulated by a growing environmental concern and awareness in the media, this research area has expanded considerably; from a bunch of opportunistic eco-pathfinders trying to make products better recyclable into acknowledged scientific research regarding technology transfer and commercialisation. This paper proposes that this maturing process took place through a number of transitions; this is illustrated by discussing characteristic aspects of each transition, which together provide a historic account of how academic research into sustainable product innovation had matured. In conclusion, a number of possible future transitions or extensions of the research area are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Product Development
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)429-449
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Design Research
    • Sustainable Product Design
    • Design for Environment
    • Ecodesign
    • Product life
    • PD methods
    • Competencies
    • Design
    • Engineering Design
    • Innovation
    • Innovation strategy
    • Product development
    • Product/Service System development
    • Product/service-system
    • Product/Service-Systems
    • PSS

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