Title| The Role of Design in Circular Economy

Speaker| Ana Espada, Research Fellow, UTOP Driving Circularity, Portugal and Belgium.


An overall perspective of today’s reality: unprecedented challenges and the call for urgent action. The European Green Deal a paradigm-shifting in politics on the EU level and the brief link to UN Sustainable Development Goals. Discussion on the role of design in this shift from linear to a circular economy, based on a plastic packaging case study – Wisepack.


Ana is a Portuguese Circular-Systems Designer with an entrepreneurial spirit who has worked for more than 20 years in companies, universities and government agencies. She is passionate about innovation, new technologies and supports business through innovative processes. Her career led Ana to specialize in circular economy processes, an area in which she currently works as a consultant at UTOP Driving Circularity and as a professor at ISMAT. She has an international and intercultural approach to support companies and students in the transition from a linear to a circular economy, mapping out design strategies and circular business models. Ana is a coach at EIT Climate KIC, an appraiser at EIT Raw Materials KIC and a mentor of startups for Circular Economy at Startit KBC in Brussels, Belgium.

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2021 June & July Wednesday Seminar Series on Sustainability and Circular Economy

A Better World by Design is our motto in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) that is reflected in our teaching and research. A Better World in the 21st century must include sustainable development and human activities. Sustainability is a complex system-level challenge that requires innovation and collaborations at all fronts. In this online seminar series, speakers from SUTD and international institutions will share recent progresses on sustainability research topics, with a focus on achieving a circular economy. Topics range from the role of design in achieving a circular economy, circularity in manufacturing, our built environment, life cycle analyses and urban metabolism.