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Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP)

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
  • Research theme: Sustainable Futures
  • School: School of Art & Design


Nottingham Trent University is one of four universities in a consortium led by the University of Leeds to have been awarded funding for a new research centre, the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), to help combat global warming by addressing energy use by industries supplying the UK.

CIE-MAP is one of six centres of excellence in End Use Energy Demand (EUED) to have been awarded funding by Research Councils UK (RCUK). The other university partners in the consortium are Bath and Cardiff. Funded from 2013 to 2018, CIE-MAP was awarded £5.2m by the RCUK, of which Nottingham Trent University will receive around £1.25m

The Centre will focus on materials use (as well as energy) because converting raw materials into stock materials (e.g. ore into steel plate) is an energy-intensive process, and so excessive demand for materials needs to be tackled in order to cut energy consumption substantially.

As head of the Sustainable Consumption research group, Professor Tim Cooper will be leading Nottingham Trent University’s contribution to CIE-MAP as co-director of the project. Four postdoctoral researchers and four PhD students will be attached to the Centre. Tim explained the importance of the Centre and the key areas that the University will be addressing:

"The Centre has been designed to have a major impact in terms of promoting changes in policy and practice that will help to reduce the nation's consumption of energy. Nottingham Trent University's research will cover a range of themes, including attitudes towards product lifetimes, the extent to which the price is a reliable indicator of quality, why and how products depreciate in value, and how to encourage repair rather than replacement. The particular expertise that we are bringing to the project relates to design, sustainable consumption and behavioural analysis, which complements the scientific skills of other partners."

Further information about Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products is available on the CIE-MAP website.

Related Staff

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption.

Tim is co-director of the £5.2m Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products. He was a construction industry economist prior to posts at the New Economics Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University. A specialist in product lifetimes, his research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing sustainable design, consumer behaviour, public policy, and environmental values.

Dr Christine Cole is a Research Fellow in Product Lifetimes.

Christine is a chartered waste manager and chartered environmentalist. She has worked in local authority waste management and has had a variety of roles in the waste management area in both private and public sectors, working with local authorities, contractors and in consultancy prior to joining NTU (in 2015).

Dr Alex Gnanapragasam is a Research Fellow in Sustainable Consumer Behaviour.

Prior to working at NTU, Alex completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. While completing his doctoral studies, Alex was a guest lecturer on education and behaviour change for the undergraduate Sustainable Development programme at the University of St Andrews.

Dr Ana Mestre is a Research Fellow in Sustainable Design.

Ana is a sustainable product designer and researcher. She holds a PhD in Sustainable Design from Delft University of Technology, where she has been a guest researcher and lecturer in subjects such as design research, sustainable materials, and life cycle assessment.

Patrick Keen, Alex Rodrigues, Deepti Mahajan, and Tung Dao are PhD research students.


The Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) is a partnership between Nottingham Trent University, Bath University, Cardiff University and Leeds University. The Centre works with a range of industry partners and government departments (e.g. BEIS, Defra, DCLG), together with organisations such as the Green Alliance, Innovate UK, WRAP, the Furniture Reuse Network and the Committee on Climate Change.

NTU's recent research projects on clothing for WRAP have involved collaboration with a wide range of leading retailers and manufacturers, including those signed up to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. We also work with manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment and have recently concluded a research project for Defra in close collaboration with a leading vacuum cleaner manufacturer.

We regularly work in partnership with a range of research organisations, including the Policy Studies Institute, Ipsos MORI, Oakdene Hollins, MADE-BY and JRA Associates.

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