Dr Jagdeep Singh is a Research Fellow in Sustainable Business at NTU and is a member of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP). He is currently working on identifying and evaluating environmentally sustainable business practices focusing on resource efficiency and the circular economy.
Jagdeep has pursued his PhD degree in Industrial Ecology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden. His research work focused on addressing the challenges to current global resource management paradigm. Apart from research, he was involved in teaching, guiding master thesis projects and mentoring course projects at KTH.
He has pursued a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (Himachal Pradesh University) and a Master’s in Energy Studies (Renewable Energy Technologies) - an interdisciplinary master’s program offered at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He has worked in academia (as a university teacher for one year) and industry (as a project engineer).
Jagdeep’s research at CIE-MAP as Research Fellow in Sustainable Business focuses on:
- identifying and evaluating examples of business models that encourage longer product lifetimes and to explore legal, financial and other obstacles to such models being more widely adopted.
- establishing key factors that determine whether or not repair businesses across industry sectors (e.g. vehicles, household appliances, consumer electronics, textiles, industrial equipment) are successful.
- identifying changes in manufacturing and retailing systems that could encourage longer product lifetimes (e.g. consumer repairs through networked learning).
- Exploring the extent to which prices reflect intrinsic quality of design and manufacture, how and why products depreciate in value, implications of collaborative consumption, the potential for longer product guarantees, trade-offs in design for material efficiency (e.g. embodied energy and energy in use; durability and recyclability).
- Developing research objectives and proposals for individual or joint research in the UK Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products. The research may involve, for example, literature reviews, developing interview schedules and/or questionnaires, and conducting surveys.
Previous research activities at KTH, Stockholm:
- Progress and challenges to global waste management system: Identified challenges to upcoming circular economy in recovering resources from post-consumer wastes; Highlighted pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronics products; Identified ways of closing the metal flow loop in the global mobile phone product system; Analysed unintended environmental consequences of improvement actions in production and consumption systems
- Evaluated low-carbon city initiatives globally from the DPSIR framework perspective
- Environmental systems analysis of a sustainable business model for plastic shopping bag management in Sweden.
- Journal reviewer for: Elsevier's Journal of Cleaner Production and Waste Management; Sage Publications Waste Management & Research
- Member of the International Solid Waste Association Young Professional Group (ISWA YPG)
- Member of KTH Sustainability
Sponsors and collaborators
CIE-MAP is a RCUK-funded project. CIE-MAP is one of six national research centres established in 2013 to develop strategies to deliver a step change reduction in industry's demand for energy and materials.
Published Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- SINGH, J. and COOPER, T., (2017). Towards a sustainable business model for plastic shopping bag management in Sweden. Procedia CIRP, 61, pp. 679-684. ISSN 2212-8271
- Sinha, R., Laurenti, R., Singh, J., Malmström, M, Frostell, B. (2016). Identifying ways of closing the metal flow loop in the global mobile phone product system: A system dynamics modeling approach. Resources Conservation and Recycling. (13) pp 65–76. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.05.010
- Singh, J. & Ordonez, I. (2015). Resource Recovery from Post-Consumer
Waste: Important Lessons for the Upcoming Circular Economy. Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 134, Part A, 15 October 2016, Pages 342–353. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.12.020 (In Special Issue: Transitions to Sustainable Consumption and Production within Cities)
- Singh, J., Laurenti, R., Sinha, R., & Frostell, B. (2014). Progress and challenges to the global waste management system. Waste Management & Research, 32 (9 ), 800–812. doi:10.1177/0734242X14537868 (In Special Issue: Cities and wastes)
- Laurenti, R., Sinha, R., Singh, J., & Frostell, B. (2015). Some pervasive challenges to sustainability by design of electronic products – a conceptual discussion. Journal of Cleaner Production. 108 (Part A). doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.041
- Laurenti, R., Singh, J., Sinha, R., Potting, J., & Frostell, B. (2015). Unintended Environmental Consequences of Improvement Actions: A Qualitative Analysis of Systems’ Structure and Behavior. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 33–3. doi:10.1002/sres.2330
- Laurenti, R., Sinha, R., Singh, J., & Frostell, B. (2015). Towards Addressing Unintended Environmental Consequences: A Planning Framework. Sustainable Development, 24 (1). doi:10.1002/sd.1601
- Zhou, G., Singh, J., Wu, J., Sinha, R., Laurenti, R., & Frostell, B. (2015). Evaluating low-carbon city initiatives from the DPSIR framework perspective. Habitat International, 50, 289–299. doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.09.001
- Singh, J. 2016. Beyond Waste Management: Challenges to Sustainable Global Physical Resource Management. Doctoral Thesis in Industrial Ecology. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology. Available at: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A927544&dswid=-2284
- Singh, J. 2014. Towards a Sustainable Resource Management: A Broader Systems Approach to Product Design and Waste Management. Licentiate Thesis in Industrial Ecology. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology. Available at: http://kth.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:694766
Articles Under Review Process:
- Singh, J., Baard, P. & Frostell, B. 2016. Towards a Concerted Approach to Physical Resource Management. Sustainable Development (under review)
Conference Presentations (Papers/Posters)
- Singh J., Cooper, T. & Shapley M. 2017. Managing sustainability-oriented business model innovations: A global perspective. The 2nd International Conference on New Business Models June 20 – 22, 2017 in Graz, Austria. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh J., Cooper, T. & Shapley M. 2017. Moving towards better planning of business model innovations for sustainability. The 9th biennial conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the 25th annual conference of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) June 25-29, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh, J. & Cooper, T. 2016. Towards a sustainable business model for plastic shopping bag management in Sweden. The 24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Kamakura, Japan, March 8th – 10th, 2017. Elsevier CIRP Proceedings. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh, J. 2016. Towards a sustainable global physical resource management. Linnaeus ECO-TECH 2016, Kalmar, Sweden, November 21-23, 2016. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh, J. & Cooper, T. 2016. Towards a sustainable business model innovation for a circular economy – The case plastic shopping bag collection and recycling system in Stockholm Linnaeus ECO-TECH 2016, Kalmar, Sweden, November 21-23, 2016. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh J, 2016. Beyond Waste management. Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Seminars on “Transparency and Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Popular Approaches to the Environmental Crisis in a Critical Decade” from 18th – 19th June 2016 at Stoweflake Conference Center Stowe, Vermont, USA. (Poster Presentation)
- Singh, J. & Frostell, B. 2014. Towards a broader systems approach to resource management – Local to global and short-term to long-term solutions. Linnaeus ECO-TECH 2014, Kalmar, Sweden, November 24-26. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh, J., & Baard, P. 2014. Toward a broader systems approach to resource management – An utopian vision to guide realists. Linnaeus ECO-TECH 2014, Kalmar, Sweden, November 24-26. (Oral Presentation)
- Singh, J., Laurenti, R., Frostell, B. & Wennersten R. 2012. Addressing Waste Management Challenges Using a Broader Systems Approach. 18th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Hull, UK, 24-26 June 2012. (Poster Presentation)
- Singh, J., Laurenti, R., Frostell, B. & Wennersten, R. 2012. Challenges to current global waste management systems. Industrial Ecology Gordon research Conference: The Role of Industrial Ecology in Addressing Sustainability Imperatives, 16-22 June 2012. Les Diablerets, Switzerland. (Poster Presentation)
- Laurenti, R., Singh, J., Frostell, B., Sevaldson, B. & Wennersten, R. 2012b. Towards a framework to work within broader systems boundaries in the process of product design. Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference: The Role of Industrial Ecology in Addressing Sustainability Imperatives, 16-22 June 2012. Les Diablerets, Switzerland. (Poster Presentation)
- Singh J., Frostell B & Wennersten R. 2011. Waste management as a part of a broader systems approach to production and consumption. In: Book of Proceedings of the 1st International Conference: WASTES: Solutions, Treatments and opportunities. Guimares, Portugal: CVR Centro para a valorizao de Resduos;. p. 124-129. (Oral Presentation)
- Systems and systems thinking/life-cycle thinking in context to waste management
- Ecological sustainability perspectives on challenges to current global mobile phone product system
- Socio-economic challenges facing the upcoming circular economy in recovering resources from post-consumer wastes
- DPSIR framework in context to low-carbon city initiatives
- Use of big-data in resource management in smart cities
- Economics and planning of (renewable and non-renewable) energy resources