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Tuesday, February 7 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Circularity and Whole Systems Thinking - Deborah Andrews, Professor, London South Bank University

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The origins of the Linear Economy – the ‘take-make-use-dispose’ model of consumption – date from the Industrial Revolution and the global economy has developed around this model. Various social, economic and environmental factors mean that it is no longer sustainable today.

A new model – the Circular Economy – is now possible and applicable to a range of product and technology areas, including data centre hardware. The role of product and systems designers in the circular economy is crucial, as circular approaches must be considered early in design and deployment lifecycles to provide the best leverage for both sustainability and economy.

Professor Andrews will discuss the necessity for whole systems thinking, and the integration of technological and human factors to accelerate development of a Circular Economy; she will also discuss the importance of design and engineering, and reactive and proactive approaches to the challenges of sustainability and circularity now and in the future.

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Deborah Andrews

Professor of Design for Sustainability and Circularity, London South Bank University
Deborah has 20+ years’ experience in sustainable design and manufacture and the Circular Economy. She is engaged in related research, enterprise and teaching activities and has published 60+ academic papers about these subjects and education for sustainability. She is also proud... Read More →

Tuesday February 7, 2023 4:00pm - 4:15pm GMT
Burton & Redgrave, 2nd Floor Queen Elizabeth II Centre