Field of Research (FoR)
Dr Mariano Ramirez Jr is a senior lecturer in the Industrial Design program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. His doctoral dissertation at the Technological University of the Philippines concerned the delivery of EcoDesign education via online tools. He obtained his Master of Industrial Design from UNSW, and studied Sustainable Technology and Product Development at the Delft University of Technology in the...view more
Dr Mariano Ramirez Jr is a senior lecturer in the Industrial Design program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. His doctoral dissertation at the Technological University of the Philippines concerned the delivery of EcoDesign education via online tools. He obtained his Master of Industrial Design from UNSW, and studied Sustainable Technology and Product Development at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining UNSW in 2001, Dr Ramirez was Academic Chair for Industrial Design at the De La Salle University College of Saint Benilde and Professor at the Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines; and Senior Industrial Design Specialist at the Product Development and Design Centre of the Philippines. He has worked with a number of Philippine manufacturers on creative product, package and graphic development approaches, and is a regular contributor to international conferences and academic journals on design and sustainability.
He is currently convenor of the Oceania chapter of the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS), Philippine Liaison to the O2 International Sustainable Designers Network, and an advisor to the Australian National Ecodesign Curriculum Development Committee. His research projects include studying the integration of environmental sustainability aspects in design education and practice, optimization of product lifetimes, dematerialization of contemporary lifestyles via product sharing, and the influences of culture in industrial design processes.
FBE Research Link Grants 2013. Environmentally sustainable design practices amongst consumer electronics manufacturing companies’. With Anuj Dhawan.
UNSW International Research Collaboration Scheme 2011. Sustainable design workshops with consumer electronics designers in Hong Kong/Guangzhou and Sydney. With Dr Miles Park & Prof Benny Leong.
UNSW International Research Collaboration Scheme 2011. Responsible design amongst Indian consumer product designers. With Prof Shashank Mehta.
FBE Research Link Grants 2010. Ecodesign strategies amongst Chinese and American industrial design consultancies. With Jessica Tong and Joseph Louis Tan.
FBE Research Cluster Initiatives 2007. Encouraging sustainable consumption in urban communities: designing future scenarios for product sharing facilities. With Dr Oya Demirbilek and Catharina Nawangpalupi.
FBE Research Link Grants 2006. Sustainability practices among Australia’s Superbrands. With Matthew Spruell.
FBE Research Link Grants 2005. Database of Chinese-language industrial design universities. With Reuben Png.
FBE Publication & Research Support Scheme 2003. Toy libraries in Australia as a strategy for dematerialised communities.
PhD TUPhil, MSc Industrial Design UNSW, BSc Industrial Design cum laude MapúaTech, PGradC Sustainable Product Development TUDelft, GradC University Learning & Teaching UNSW
FBE Dean's Research Excellence Award 2012.
FBE Associate Dean Education Teaching Commendation 2007, 2008, 2009: for IDES1012 Safe Workshop Practices, one of the highest CATEI-rated courses in the Faculty of Built Environment.
UNSW Gordon J Samuels International Fellowship 2008. Hosted by Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico.
UNSW Special Studies Programme 2005. Hosted by National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Tsinghua University Beijing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde Manila.
Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence 2007. Highly Commended Paper ‘Sustainability in the education of industrial designers: the case for Australia’ in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 7 no. 2.
United Nations Environment Programme + Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Invited delegate to “Expert Conference on the Marrakech Process Creating Solutions for Sustainable Consumption and Production”, Wuppertal 2006.
Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft CDG Program in Management for EcoDesign Products. Fully sponsored international delegate, Hamburg 2002.
RMIT University | School of Graduate Research. Invited examiner for PhD and Master of Design dissertations, 2012.
University of Technology Sydney | Graduate Research School. Invited examiner for Master of Design dissertation, 2008.
University of Western Sydney | Higher Degree Research. Invited examiner for PhD dissertation, 2009.
University of Technology Sydney | Institute for Sustainable Futures. Invited cosupervisor for PhD research student, 2010-2013.
Politecnico di Milano | Design and System Innovation for Sustainability. Invited evaluator for PhD dissertation, 2011.
Scientific Review Committee, E&PDE’13 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, 2013.
International Review Panel, DRS//Cumulus 2nd Conference for Design Education Researchers, Oslo, 2013.
Scientific Review Committee, E&PDE’12 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Antwerp, 2012.
International Review Committee, ConnectED2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney. 2007.
International Review Committee, ASME DTM 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Montreal. 2010.
International Review Committee, Sustainable Consumption 2011 International Scientific Conference, Hamburg, 6-8 Nov 2011.
Paper Reviewer, Emerald Publishing | International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012.
Randwick City Council Mayor’s Leadership Forum. Invited participant 2009, 2012.
My Research Activities
Dr Ramirez' current areas of research interest include designing for sustainable product-service systems and optimal product lifetimes. He is also interested in fostering positive social change and sustainable behaviours through design and sustainability integration in industrial design education and praxis.
Mariano has supervised several higher degree research students at UNSW and has examined dissertations of PhD, MPhil and MDes candidates from universities in Australia and overseas. He is a regular contributor to peer-reviewed international conferences and journals on design and sustainability, and sits in the scientific review committees of various academic publications.
Sustainable product development; culture and industrial design; product service systems; industrial design in developing countries.