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Senior Lecturer Sustainable Design, Lancaster University

Stephen is a sustainable designer, researcher and educator. Stephen is currently a senior lecturer in Design at ImaginationLancaster. Stephen was previously a research fellow at the Centre for Design, RMIT University in Melbourne, where he worked on applied sustainability research projects across a broad range of scales. Such as the role of packaging in preventing food waste, to facilitating workshops on climate adaptive landscape solutions in regional Victoria, Australia.

Stephen’s core research interest focuses on how design (and design thinking) can assist in the move towards a sustainable society, with a particular interest in design as a facilitator of change. His work draws on a diverse range of tools from social practice theory, behavioural change and Life Cycle Analysis.


  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer Design, Lancaster University
  • 2009–2012
    Research Fellow, RMIT University


  • 2009 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD Design for Sustainability Education
  • 2001 
    University of Western Sydney, B Design/Industrial Design


  • 2017
    Systematic review of greenhouse gas emissions for different fresh food categories, Journal Cleaner Production 140(2), 766–783. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.082
  • 2012
    Size matters: House size and thermal efficiency as policy strategies to reduce net emissions of new developments, Energy Policy, 48(0), 657-667. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.05.072
  • 2010
    Design for Behavioural Change, Journal of Design Strategies 4 (1 Spring): 68-75.

Research Areas

  • Industrial Design (120305)