Researching design for sustainability

The Newcastle Engineering Design Centre (EDC) carries out research into principles, processes and methodologies of design for large, complex systems and Engineered-to-Order products. The main research themes are:

  • Collaborative design and integration of the design process
  • Sustainability and Design for Lifecycle
  • Decision support
Image of: EDC now in Merz Court

EDC now in Merz Court

Sustainability research group

The EDC Sustainability Research Group investigates the impact of sustainability on the design process for complex systems. We focus on products such as offshore oil & gas, nuclear systems, land based chemical and power plant, ships, and military aircraft.

Design for a clean environment

An EPSRC-funded programme, Design for a Clean Environment, has allowed us to develop design tools and methods for sustainability throughout the product lifecycle.

Current work

Current work investigates public attitude to risk and strategic planning associated with large projects, and how this can be taken into account by designers.

Outreach activities

We are also involved in developing outreach activities around the concepts of sustainability. This effort is aimed at education, industry, and the community.

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.