Design research & sustainability

The Engineering Design Centre (EDC) is a research centre for collaborative research between industry, local authorities and the academic sector. Associated with the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials (CEAM), we specialise in:

  • the design, development and performance of systems for the production and operation of complex products, which are made on an engineer-to-order basis with high levels of customisation, and
  • the investigation and analysis of more sustainable uses of energy in both the commercial and public sector.
Image of: Complex systems: The Eurofighter platform

Complex systems: The Eurofighter platform

Design research

The EDC has an enviable position in all areas of research activities from conceptual blue-sky ideas to practical implementations designed to improve productivity and alleviate design costs.

Image of: Complex systems: Platforms such as aircraft carriers

Complex systems: Platforms such as aircraft carriers

Read more about the EDC's research activities.


sustainability@newcastle is based in the Newcastle Engineering Design Centre (EDC) and intends to be the North East regional hub for teaching and training, information, research and consultancy in engineering for a sustainable future.

Read more about the sustainability@newcastle work.


The Sustainability team are a multi disciplinary group who also work as part of the Energy Systems Analysis Group (with colleagues from SWAN, investigating more sustainable uses of energy with various partners in both the commercial and public sector.

Current work includes feasibility studies for sustainable energy technologies, awareness raising projects and providing evidence based information for decision making processes.

Image of: Recent work has included energy assessment studies of social housing

Recent work has included energy assessment studies of social housing

Read more about the Sustainability group and their work and activities.

EDC background

The EDC was founded in 1990 with EPSRC funding and in the intervening years has developed a reputation for conducting leading edge research and providing usable technologies for our industrial partners.

Currently the EDC is mainly funded by industrial sponsors, a testament to the real world relevance of the EDC's work

Further information

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Contact the EDC

For further details of the EDC's activities please get in touch with us through our contact page.

Commercial Research at Newcastle University

A full list of commercially available research facilities for Newcastle University can be found on the Services for Business web pages.

Highlight for April 2008

Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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About the Events Diary

Upcoming seminars

The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

These seminars (often in association with an engineering institute) are always open to students and staff at the university and often to the public.

Upcoming events will be listed on this website in the future. Please check back from time to time for updates.