International Journal of Sustainable Design

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Editor in Chief: Prof. Aleksandar Subic
ISSN online: 1743-8292
ISSN print: 1743-8284
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Mass production, consumption and waste in industrialised/urbanised societies have a profound effect on the planet's living systems and vital resources. Design and innovation have the potential to regenerate the natural environment and community culture while enhancing the value of products/services to business, customers and society in general. To meet emerging scientific/technological challenges associated with sustainability, new design thinking, methods, and tools are required. IJSDes addresses the development, promotion and coordination of the science, technology and practice of sustainable design.


 Topics covered include

  • Sustainable design strategies, approaches, innovation
  • Systems design and system modelling
  • Sustainability indicators in design, design for X
  • Life cycle design, assessment (LCA), costing (LCC)
  • Sustainable engineering product design and development
  • User-centred design and mass customisation
  • Design value chains, new design business models/methods/processes
  • Virtual design and e-design
  • Global versus local design, trans-disciplinary collaboration
  • Design-centred research and practice-oriented research
  • Design management, education, ethics, sustainability
  • Design for sustainable manufacturing, construction, re-manufacturing
  • Design of renewable/sustainable energy systems
  • Materials selection, design optimisation
  • Application case studies

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IJSDes is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of sustainable design. It aims to establish an effective channel of communication between design experts in academic and research institutions, professionals working in industry and related businesses, government agencies and policy-makers concerned with sustainability issues in design. The international dimension of the journal is emphasised in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of accelerating technological and ecological change and changes in the global economy. In addition, the journal allows researchers, practitioners and decision-makers to monitor and identify design strategies, solutions and trends on a global scale.


IJSDes targets engineers, scientists, architects, industrial designers, design managers and other researchers and professionals working in design and product development with a particular involvement with, or interest in, sustainability issues. The subject matter covered in the journal is considered highly relevant to industry, academia and relevant government agencies.


IJSDes publishes original peer-reviewed papers covering state-of-the-art research and development, industrial and research based practice. In addition, the journal also features relevant review papers and technical reports, novel application case studies, conference reports, book reviews and commentaries. Special Issues devoted to important topics in sustainable design will occasionally be published. The journal is published four times each year and is supported by an international Editorial Board.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Subic, Aleksandar, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Editorial Board Members

  • Charter, Martin, University College for the Creative Arts, UK
  • Deal, Brian, University of Illinois, USA
  • Duflou, Joost R., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Getzinger, Guenter, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • Glicksman, Leon R., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Herrmann, Christoph, KERP Center of Excellence, Electronics and Environment, Austria and Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
  • Inaba, Atsushi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Jeswiet, Jack, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Leal Filho, Walter, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Lin, Zhongqin, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Martinez Alier, Joan, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • McAloone, Tim, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Minel, Stéphanie, ESTIA, France
  • Nee, Andrew Yeh-Ching, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Nies, Loring, Purdue University, USA
  • Pierini, Marco, University of Firenze, Italy
  • Piller, Frank T., RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Sonnemann, Guido, United Nations Environment Programme, France
  • Stevels, A.L.N., Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Su, Daizhong, The Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Umeda, Yasushi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Van Wassenhove, Luk N., INSEAD, France
  • Walker, Stuart, Lancaster University, UK
  • Wimmer, Wolfgang, Institute for Engineering Design, Austria


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