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Richard Mawle BEng MA DIC

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After a first degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, Richard went to the Royal College of Art (RCA) to obtain his Masters Degree in the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) department. Richard received a Dyson Scholarship at the RCA, which included the invaluable opportunity of working at Dyson Ltd during the summer break. Graduation from the RCA was followed by a Research Associate position at the Helen Hamlyn Centre, a multi-disciplinary institute for inclusive design. This involved working with GlaxoSmithKline on medicine packaging that aids patients when taking prescribed drugs. Having worked for at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for two years Richard returned to the RCA as a part-time MPhil student investigating the design of environmentally sustainable products. Full-time research was facilitated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through their Doctoral Awards scheme. Richard then joined the Loughborough Design School to study for a PhD in the Integration of EcoDesign Principles within Small Product Design Consultancies. 

Sustainable Design Research Group (SDRG)

The PhD research Richard is conducting explores the absence of an EcoDesign agenda in the briefs of many small design consultancies (SDCs), and how this might be changed in the future. Of particular interest are the constraints that designers work under and the barriers that SDCs face when acquiring reliable information and learning new techniques. Issues such as company ethos, government policy, market pressure and investment opportunities have also established themselves as significant factors in the practice of EcoDesign.


Richard has also worked as a Research Associate on the CLEVER Project (Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-Waste Recovery). This research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is a collaboration between several UK Universities. The aim of the CLEVER Project is to assist in a transition from the current throw-away society to a new model that shifts the focus from designing and selling physical products, to a more sustainable system of goods and services.

Professor Tracy Bhamra - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Professor of Sustainable Design

Dr Vicky Lofthouse - Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Design Research Group Leader

Integration of EcoDesign Principles within Small Product Design Consultancies

Design Research, EcoDesign, Methods and Tools for Sustainable Design, Product Design, Resource Efficient Design, Sustainable Design, User Centred Design