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What type of designer is needed as we move towards a climate-neutral circular economy?



Bringing together practitioners, researchers, and lecturers through our Erasmus+ project FashionSEEDS: (Fashion Societal, Economic and Environmental Design-led Sustainability), to rethink and improve the design education in light of the challenges posed by climate change, social wellbeing, cultural engagement and new economic models. We joined experts from Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI), Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), and Design School Kolding (DSKD), to collectively find an answer to the question as to ‘what type of designer is needed as Europe moves towards a climate-neutral circular economy?’

Exploring this question, we held a conference ‘Design-Led Education for Sustainability’ as part of the 15th Tallinn Design Festival in September 2020. This recorded event was also a part of #ErasmusDays 2020. 

Associate Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen from Aalto University (Finland) opened the conference by delivering a keynote speech focused on collaboration and interdisciplinarity followed by UAL, POLIMI, DSKD and EKA, delivering project’s findings from our Benchmarking Report and the Framework for Design-led Sustainability Education. Sharing insights as to what sustainability teaching materials are available as part of the emerging learning resource repository, enabling educators to adapt and apply the framework in a range of Higher Education Institutions. You can watch the full conference below via YouTube. 


Centre for Sustainable Fashion Director, Dilys Williams joined the panel discussion which included international academics and fashion industry representatives – Reet Aus of Estonian Academy of Arts, Oksana Skorbatjuk of Lindstrom, Dr Kirsi Niinimäki of Aalto University and Silke Lieser of Gegenpol. The discussion was led by Professor Piret Puppart, and concluded the conference. If you’d like to hear insights from the panel on how to make design education sustainable you can watch the full panel below via Youtube.



FashionSEEDS: Fashion Societal, Economic and Environmental Design-led Sustainability project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under Grant Agreement No: 2018-1-UK01-KA203-048432.

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