Sustainable product development; product service systems; industrial design in developing countries.
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 ecological design 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...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 ecological design 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 Assistant Professor at the Mapúa Institute of Technology in Manila; 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. He is Convenor of the Oceania chapter of the international Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS).
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
BE Learning and Teaching Award for Blended Learning Excellence 2017.
BE Dean's Research Excellence Award 2012.
BE 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 v7n2.
United Nations Environment Programme. Sponsored delegate to Expert Conference on the Marrakech Process Creating Solutions for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Wuppertal 2006.
Netherlands Fellowship Programme. Full scholarship to study Sustainable Technology and Product Development at Delft University of Technology, Delft 1997.
Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft CDG. Full scholarship to study EcoDesign Product Management, Hamburg 2002.
Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft CDG. Full scholarship to study Ecological Product Design, Mannehim + Köln 1996.
RMIT University. Invited examiner for PhD and Master of Design dissertations, 2012.
University of Technology Sydney. Invited examiner for Master of Design dissertation, 2008.
University of Western Sydney. 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.
Reviewer, Emerald Publishing | International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012.
My Research Activities
Dr Ramirez' current areas of research interest include dematerialization of contemporary lifestyles via sustainable product-service systems. He is also interested in fostering positive social change and sustainable behaviours through design; optimization of product lifetimes; sustainability integration in industrial design education and practice; and the contributions of industrial design to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Mariano has supervised several honours and 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.
My Research Supervision
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
In the Media
Ramirez, M. (2014, January 25). Welcome to Sydney’s new million-dollar suburbs. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.domain.com.au/news/
Committee, Society for Responsible Design.
Joint Convenor for Oceania, LeNS Learning Network on Sustainability.
Liaison for Philippines,O2 Global Sustainable Designers Network
Design Education Associate Member, Design Institute of Australia
UNSW International Research Collaboration Scheme 2011: Sustainable design audits in small and medium industries in Ahmedabad India.
Australian Ecodesign Curriculum 2006: Invited Advisor to the National Ecodesign Tertiary Education Committee.
UNSW Special Studies Programme 2005: Research, teaching and workshops on Designing Sustainable Futures: Philippines, India, China and Hong Kong.
UNSW Gordon J Samuels Fellowship 2008: Research, teaching and workshops on Designing Sustainable Futures: Mexico.
He also supervises research projects of Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) students in IDES4101 'Design Studio 7: Enquiry', as well as in BENV7019 'Initiating the Research' for MPhil and PhD candidates.