Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow, RMIT University

Simon Lockrey is a leading sustainability and design innovation researcher, having been based as a researcher at RMIT since 2009.

The domains in which he has managed sustainability research include life cycle assessment (LCA), co-design, design innovation, marketing, resource efficiency and food waste. As a result, he has generated over $1 million of 'industry facing' Category 1, 2 and 3 research, creating global impact in policy changes, commercial innovation outcomes, media coverage, quality academic publications (A*/ impact factors over 5), and 200+ citations.

Projects have required the development of sustainability strategy, tools, implementation and training for a range of industry partners. Simon has worked with global and nationally significant companies, including CHEP, Visy, Nestlé, Dyson, Grocon and Breville. Relevant government and NGO projects have also ensued, with Sustainability Victoria, Environmental Protection Agency, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australia Post, Australian Antarctic Division, Uniting AgeWell, and Meat and Livestock Australia.

He has been published on sustainability issues through international masthead newspapers, trade magazines, academic literature, and UN agency the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Simon's collaborations across industry and external universities have culminated in participation in the successful Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid in 2017, national supply chain and technology projects over 10 years from a pool of $210 million cash and in-kind funding. He is now a key leader in the 2018 funded Fight Food Waste CRC, worth $133 million over 10 years. He also works with partners in the UK, France, Sweden, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Antarctica, thereby fostering a global outlook, reach and impact for his projects.

Simon's professional work has crossed a large range of industries including design consultancies, leading commercial interior furniture manufacturers and multinational appliance companies. The products he has designed have been both 'small run' and 'mass produced', as his roles have covered all stages of the design process. He has worked with a range of materials and processes in both design and manufacturing environments.

Since 2000 he has worked on over 100 commercial design and engineering projects for organisations such as Breville, Dyson, Whirlpool, and Nestle, which has resulted in the generation of many millions of dollars in income and Intellectual Property (IP). He is currently Executive Director and Co-Founder of global urban gardening brand Glowpear. Recent projects include the Dyson DC39 cylinder cyclone vacuum cleaner, designed, engineered and commercialised for global markets; and the Glowpear Urban Garden and Minis range, self-funded design and ongoing global commercialisation activities into new urban gardening innovations.

Simon has also won many international design and innovation awards for his efforts, including 2015 IDEA Award finalist (Glowpear); 2014 Melbourne Design Award Gold recipient (Glowpear); Australian Design Award 2011, and Good Design recipient 2011, 2012 (Dyson) and 2015 (Glowpear); and Red Dot Award recipient 2010, and honourable mention 2012 (Dyson). He keynotes at international conferences, mentors your designers in teaching roles and applies practical experience to sustainability projects engaging industry, manufacturers and wider community sectors.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Director/ Founder, Glowpear
  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer/ Co-ordinator of Industrial Design Engineering Courses + Design Action Program , RMIT University
  • 2015–2018
    Lecturer/ Co-ordinator of Industrial Design Engineering Courses + Design Action Program, RMIT University
  • 2009–2015
    Research Fellow, RMIT University
  • 2000–2015
    Director/ Founder, Froth Design
  • 2007–2009
    Design Engineer, Dyson
  • 2006–2007
    Project Engineer, Schiavello
  • 2003–2005
    Design Engineer, Neopurple

Education

  •  
    RMIT, PhD Candidate (Management)
  • 2004 
    Swinburne University, BE (Hons, Product Design)

Publications

  • 2018
    DIRECT, a tool for change: Co-designing resource efficiency in the food supply chain In: , Journal of Cleaner Production, 172, 3299 - 3310 with Verghese, K.,Lockrey, S.,Rio, M.,Dwyer, M.
  • 2018
    Enabling employees and breaking down barriers, In Behavioural infrastructure for pro-environmental behaviour In: Research Handbook on Employee Pro-Environmental Behaviour with Lockrey, S., Brennan, L.,Verghese, K.,Staples, W.,Binney, W., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 2018
    Concrete recycling life cycle flows and performance from construction and demolition waste in Hanoi, Journal of Cleaner Production, 179, 593 - 604 with Lockrey, S., Verghese, K.,Crossin, E.,Nguyen, H.
  • 2016
    Recycling the construction and demolition waste in Vietnam: opportunities and challenges in practice, Journal of Cleaner Production, 133, 757 - 766 with Lockrey, S., Nguyen, H., Crossin, E., Verghese, K.
  • 2016
    EcoReDesign: Methods and Products for Environmental Change, Design Archives, 6, 1, 42-50 with Lockrey, S., Verghese, K., Pears, A., Taylor, P., Fennessy, L.
  • 2015
    Packaging's role in minimising food loss and waste across the supply chain, Packaging Technology and Science, 28, 603 - 620 with Verghese, K.,Lewis, H.,Lockrey, S.,Williams, H
  • 2015
    A review of life cycle based ecological marketing strategy for new product development in the organizational environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, 95, 1 - 15 with Lockrey, S.
  • 2014
    Developing environmental sustainability strategies, the Double Diamond method of LCA and design thinking: a case study from aged care, Journal of Cleaner Production, 85, 67 - 82 with Clune, S.,Lockrey, S.
  • 2013
    Designing pedagogy with emerging sustainable technologies, Journal of Cleaner Production, 61, 70 - 79 with Lockrey, S.,Bissett-Johnson, K.
  • 2012
    Selecting and applying tools, In Verghese, K., Lewis, H. and Fitzpatrick, L. (ed.) Packaging for Sustainability, Springer, London, United Kingdom, 251-283 with Verghese, K., Lockrey, S.
  • 2012
    Life cycle assessment (LCA) of food and beverage packaging, In Lee Yam (ed.) Emerging Food Packaging Technologies: Principles and Practice, Woodhead Publishers, London, United Kingdom, 380-408 with Verghese, K., Lockrey, S., Clune, S., Sivaraman, D.
  • 2011
    The ecocraze, a case study: Negotiating a greener product design landscape, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5, 4, 41-62 with Lockrey, S.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Interior product development
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    CD Space
  • 2015
    Food waste reduction opportunities for the food supply chain
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Visy
  • 2015
    Sustainable procurement service futuring
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Australia Post
  • 2014
    Appliance innovation partnership with SAMME and SECE
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Breville
  • 2013
    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the last frontier: quantifying the environmental impacts and environmental impact reduction strategy for Australia’s Antarctic infrastructure
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Antarctic Division
  • 2013
    Food waste insights in the home with Banyule City Council
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Sustainability Victoria
  • 2013
    Food waste reduction opportunities in the food manufacturing sector with Plenty Food Group
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Sustainability Victoria
  • 2012
    Built environment hot water systems study with SAMME, Futuris, and Wood & Grieve
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    MicroHeat Technologies
  • 2012
    Aged care sustainability strategy
    Role:
    RA
    Funding Source:
    United Aged Care
  • 2012
    The role of packaging in minimising food waste in the supply chain of the future
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    CHEP Australia
  • 2011
    Future of Packaging White Paper
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • 2011
    LCA of NESCAFÉ Gold Coffee Packaging
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Nestlé
  • 2011
    Potential Opportunities for Increased Fuel Cell Deployment in Australia
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Ceramic Fuel Cells
  • 2011
    LCA of Polymer Meat Trays
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Lyondell Basell
  • 2011
    Life-cycle Flows of Materials and Energy at Scott Base Antarctica with Otago University
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Antarctica New Zealand

Professional Memberships

  • Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS) Oceania
  • Design for Social Innovation Sustainability (DESIS) Melbourne - Committee member
  • Automotive Historians Australia - Committee member
  • International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI)

Research Areas

  • Design Practice And Management (1203)
  • Business And Management (1503)

Honours

Simon has also won many international design and innovation awards for his efforts, including 2015 IDEA Award finalist (Glowpear); 2014 Melbourne Design Award Gold recipient (Glowpear); Australian Design Award 2011, and Good Design recipient 2011, 2012 (Dyson) and 2015 (Glowpear); and Red Dot Award recipient 2010, and honourable mention 2012 (Dyson).