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Furniture Lifetimes in a Circular Economy: Adapting Process and Policy to Create a Sustainable Model for Furniture Design

  • School: School of Art & Design
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: AAD2

Waste issues for furniture are high in Europe with an estimated 10 million tonnes discarded annually. How can manufacturing and supply chain processes be modified and improved to address this challenge?

Research into the life cycle of production and materials is required to establish some baselines of our understanding of these processes. Can the longevity of the materials used to manufacture be reconsidered to extend the lifetime and durability of designs to assist in more responsible manufacturing methods as well as responding to more socially conscious needs and behaviours of consumers of furniture? It is anticipated that this body of research will contribute, through sharing the results of this exploration, to help inform a set of recommendations to advise policy making on how furniture is designed and made in Europe. The PhD programme is likely to commence with an extensive literature review and will build upon work begun by the Design Research Centre to develop research into environmentally sustainable design.

School strategic research priority

This project will align with the Design Research Centre and its research goals, specifically to develop capacity in environmentally sustainable design and manufacturing for the 21st century.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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