Special Issue of Sustainability “The Future of Design for Sustainability” May 2019

14th December 2018

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019

Design for sustainability is not the panacea we hoped it would be when it was first introduced in the latter part of the 20th century. Today, the health of both our environment and our societies is at a critical state, at a breaking point, with piecemeal solutions offered as social-media-friendly rallying points, such as the recent European Parliament-approved ban on single-use plastics, whilst fundamental, and arguably less ‘exciting’, issues such as loss of biodiversity, overpopulation, and climate change are shuffled to the back. It can be argued that the awareness of the concept of sustainability and the need to reduce our negative impact on the environment and society has grown significantly and, consequently, has moved up the global agenda.

This is evidenced by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference; however, it is clear that the role of design for sustainability within this agenda is not providing the solutions necessary to manifest the level of change required. Traditional approaches are not working.

This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that push the frontier of what design for sustainability could be and possibly should be—across the broad spectrum of design disciplines, including product design, user experience design, service design, etc. In particular, we invite manuscripts that question and offer alternatives to the current thinking, strategies, and directions.

See the website for more information.