Development of design strategies and methods/tools including user and business understanding

PhD Title: Development of design strategies and methods/tools including user and business understanding
Thesis Director: Pr Peggy Zwolinski
PhD School: IMEP-2
Start date: October, 1st 2016
Duration: 36 months

Context: In May 2016 the European Commission formally granted the EU horizon 2020 Circ€uit project which is the first ever Marie Curie training network targeting solutions for a Circular Economy. Circ€uit will train 15 ESRs in all aspects of the circular economy. PhD subjects range from business modelling, supply chain management, user behaviour, design methods, to quantitative methods for analysing environmental and economic benefits for societal change to circularity. The project collaborates with various industrial partners and the Ellen MacArthur foundation. ESRs will be trained in the technical, scientific and business skills relevant for the circular economy, and will become highly sought-after experts for front-runner businesses and other organizations that will shape the change to a sustainable economy. ESRs will carry out research at a home university, but intensively interact with other ESRs in Circ€uit through joint research and participation in Summer and Winter Schools.

Brief Description
: The research in this task focuses on searching for strategies, methods and tools that fit the new solutions that circular economy provides. Case studies at companies and their users will be conducted to understand their ways of working and requirements on circular solutions and design methods/tools. Based on this research new design strategies will be developed. This research will propose a methodology (in line with Task 4.2 and 4.3) to be used by companies supported by guidelines and tools for a new design strategy approach related to circular economy principles.
Further information and recruitment procedure:

Planned secondment(s)
: NTNU, Cranfield.

Proposed funding
: The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding from the EU is for 36 months.

Contact(s): Pr Peggy Zwolinski,