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Maria Fernandez Marinovic

Research project: Designing a product-service systems' framework for sustainable consumption of children's products

Abstract

This research will investigate the opportunities and challenges of implementing collaborative product-service systems for children's product consumption, analysing examples of sharing practices in the UK. Its aim is to identify, compare and classify sustainable strategies toward the design, production, and consumption of children's products, and afterwards apply such strategies to develop and test a framework for product-service systems. The study will contribute to the investigation of innovative and sustainable frameworks for consumption, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations for 2030.

The study proposes explorative and analytical enquiry, combining meso-level (organisational) and micro-level (personal and interpersonal) case study approach. The methodology intended consist on working side-by-side with stakeholders in several playful and experimental primary research activities throughout the investigation, as well as secondary research regarding consumption as a social practice and its relationship with the design discipline. With respect to the outcome of the investigation, it will be the creation and prototyping of a product-service system strategy that could be implemented by public or private organisations in the UK context. Consequently, the different participatory design activities will define the characteristics of the service experience and products involved, with a strong user-centred approach and a focus on social innovation.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Designing a product-service systems' framework for sustainable consumption of children's products
  • Research supervisor: Dr Paul Micklethwaite

Biography

I am a designer and researcher focused on delivering innovation for sustainability, within service and digital product design. I am an advocate of user-centred design, passionate about designing services that solve adaptive problems, in a collaborative and agile way. I hold a master degree in sustainable design and social innovation, and I have been working in the sector as a freelancer, entrepreneur and design researcher.

Areas of research interest

  • Design for social innovation and sustainability
  • Design for childhood
  • Consumer culture

Qualifications

  • MA Sustainable Design; Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London
  • BA Industrial Design; Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism in Uruguay

Funding or awards received

  • PhD fees scholarship; Kingston School of Art (2019-27)
  • Chevening Scholarship; Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2016-17)
  • Research Initiation Scholarship; Research and Innovation National Agency, Uruguay, ANII (2013-14)
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