Panel discussion: Designing for a Circular Economy

Mia Borch Muenster, Susan Evans, Anne Boddington (Other), Rhoda Trimingham (Other)

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Research shows that a significant part of the environmental impact from products is determined in the design phase. Implementation of principles of Circular Economy (CE) in design practice has the potential to reduce waste and to encourage reuse of resources. Since designers are responsible for the design process, it is therefore relevant to discuss if and how future designers can take responsibility for the shift toward circular economy, and how designers may implement circular practices in their work process. Seen from the perspective of the designer, we will discuss the following questions (1) What are the main barriers and drivers in a shift from a linear to a circular economy? (2) Who can enable a circular design process? (3) How can design schools educate and re-educate designers in the principles and practices of CE? (4) How can designers contribute to influence business models?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIASDR 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
EventIASDR 2021: [ _ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes - Online and Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 5 Dec 20219 Dec 2021


ConferenceIASDR 2021
CityHong Kong
Internet address


  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability
  • Designer Role
  • Design
  • Circular Business Models


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