Researcher

Dr Mariano Jr Reyes Ramirez

My Expertise

Sustainable product development; product-service systems; industrial design and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Design, Industrial and product design, Sustainable design, Waste management, reduction, reuse and recycling

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Biography

Dr Mariano Ramirez Jr is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW Industrial Design program. An active researcher and educator in various aspects of Industrial Design for Sustainability, Dr Ramírez has authored over 60 publications in his area of expertise. His research has been presented in over 30 conferences globally. He held Visiting Academic roles in 21 universities in Asia and South America and is a Higher Degree Examiner in four Australian...view more

Dr Mariano Ramirez Jr is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW Industrial Design program. An active researcher and educator in various aspects of Industrial Design for Sustainability, Dr Ramírez has authored over 60 publications in his area of expertise. His research has been presented in over 30 conferences globally. He held Visiting Academic roles in 21 universities in Asia and South America and is a Higher Degree Examiner in four Australian universities. He has regularly contributed to various international academic journals and conferences on sustainable innovations as an author and as a scientific committee reviewer. He is also an Associate Investigator at the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute.

Dr Ramirez is Convenor of LeNS Oceania, the Australia-New-Zealand regional node of the international Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS). He is the International Project Leader of the DFAT-funded 'South-to-South: Activating Australia Latin American Cooperation through Design-for-Sustainability Education', in consortium with LeNS Brazil, LeNS Argentina, LeNS Colombia, and LeNS Peru.


My Grants

  • University of New South Wales + Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Collaborative Research Seed Grants 2020. For: ‘Circular economy and collaborative consumption: exploring new business models to achieve sustainability within the apparel industry (RG194284-C)’. $20,000 with Dr Veena Rao MAHE.
  • DFAT New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants 2019. For: ‘Industrial Design in Korea’. $49,500.
  • DET Endeavour Leadership Program Mobility Grants 2019. For: ‘Sustainable Product Design in Europe’ $26,500
  • DFAT Council of Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR) International Relations Grant, 2018. For: ‘South-to-South: Activating Australian-Latin-American Cooperation through Sustainable Design Education (RG180985)’. $44,000 with Dr Liam Fennessy RMIT. In consortium with Universidad El Bosque, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Universidade Federal do Pernambuco, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense, and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  • UNSW Special Studies Programme. For: ‘South-to-South: Activating Australian-Latin-American Cooperation through Sustainable Design Education’. $5,000.
  • Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Quick Grant, 2018. For: ‘LeNS Oceania Summer Symposium: Strengthening the Australian Learning Network on Sustainability (RG173506)’. $5,000 with Dr Liam Fennessy RMIT.
  • UNSW Faculty Research Grants, 2018. For: Design for the Circular Economy in the Australian Furniture Industry. $6,000.
  • UNSW Gordon J Samuels International Fellowship Grant, 2008. For: ‘Sustainable Design Workshops in Mexico’, $6,000. Teaching exchange at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
  • UNSW International Research Collaboration Grant. 2010. For: ‘Responsible design amongst Indian product designers’, $15,899 with Dr Miles Park and Prof Shashank Mehta.
  • UNSW International Research Collaboration Grant. 2010. For: ‘Sustainable design workshops with consumer electronics designers in China’. $25,000 with Dr Miles Park and Prof Benny Leong.
  • UNSW Special Studies Programme Grant, 2005. For: ‘Sustainable design workshops in India, China, Hong Kong and Philippines’, $10,000. Teaching exchange at Tsinghua University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and National Institute of Design India.
  • FBE Research Link Grants 2013. Environmentally sustainable design practices amongst consumer electronics manufacturing companies. With Anuj Dhawan.
  • 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 dematerialized communities. 

My Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Technological University of the Philippines, 1986-1996
  • Master of Industrial Design, University of New South Wales, 1992-1993
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Cum Laude, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Manila, 1982-86
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  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Technology and Product Development, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 1997
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning & Teaching, University of New South Wales, 2004
  • Graduate Certificate in Computer-Aided Design, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, 1988

My Awards

  • 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 v7n2.
  • UNSW Built Environment Learning & Teaching Excellence Award, 2017. For: ‘Excellence in Blended Learning’, $1,000.
  • UNSW Built Environment Dean’s Research Excellence Award, 2012. $2,000.
  • UNSW Built Environment Associate Dean Teaching Commendation. 2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011. For: ‘IDES1101 having some of the top student ratings in FBE’.

My Research Activities

Dr Ramirez has supervised BID honours, MPhil and PhD students at UNSW and has examined dissertations of PhD 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.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • Dematerialization of contemporary lifestyles via sustainable product-service systems
  • Fostering positive social change and sustainable behaviours through design
  • Optimization of product lifetimes through emotional product attachment
  • Sustainability integration in industrial design education and practice
  • Contributions of industrial design to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

My Engagement

  • Editorial Board, Sustainability ISSN 2071-1050 MDPI Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, Switzerland
  • Scientific Review Committee: Journal of Design Research
  • Scientific Review Committee: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Scientific Review Committee: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012
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  • Regional Convenor for Oceania: Learning Network on Sustainability, 2006-present
  • Project Leader, South-to-South: Activating Australian Latin American Cooperation through Design for Sustainability Education, 2019
  • Philippine Liaison: O2 Sustainable Design Network, 1997-present
  • Executive Committee: Society for Responsible Design, 2003-2012
  • Design Education Associate Member: Design Institute of Australia, 2012-present
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  • PhD External Co-Supervisor: University of Technology Sydney, 2010-2013
  • PhD External Co-Supervisor: University of Canterbury New Zealand, 2020-2022
  • MDes External Examiner: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2012
  • MDes External Examiner: University of Technology Sydney, 2007
  • PhD External Examiner: Monash University, 2021
  • PhD External Examiner: University of Western Sydney, 2009
  • PhD External Examiner: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2012
  • PhD External Evaluator: Politecnico di Milano, 2011
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  • Visiting Academic, De La Salle College of St Benilde, Manila 2005
  • Visiting Academic, Ewha Woman’s University, Korea 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2005 + 2016
  • Visiting Academic, Hongik University, Korea 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico 2008
  • Visiting Academic, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan 2018
  • Visiting Academic, Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila 2005
  • Visiting Academic, National Institute of Design, India 2005
  • Visiting Academic, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Seoul National University, Korea 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 2017
  • Visiting Academic, Tsinghua University, China 2005
  • Visiting Academic, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade Federal do Pernambuco, 2019
  • Visiting Academic, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2019
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  • Scientific Review Committee: E&PDE2013 Dublin
  • Scientific Review Committee: DRS//Cumulus 2013 Oslo
  • Scientific Review Committee: E&PDE2012 Antwerp
  • Scientific Review Committee: WSEAS EDU2008 Venice
  • Scientific Review Committee: ConnectED2007 Sydney
  • Scientific Review Committee: ASME DTM 2010 Montreal
  • Scientific Review Committee: Sustainable Consumption 2011 Hamburg
     

My Teaching

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Location

Red Centre Room 2004

Contact

+61 2 9385 4911
+61 2 9385 4507