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Richard Mawle

  • PhD Researcher Sustainable Design
  • University Teacher
  • Loughborough University
  • 2PublicationsNumber of items in Richard's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 15Followers


Background After a first degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, Richard went to the Royal College of Art (RCA) to obtain his Masters Degree in the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) department. During its two year MA course, IDE develops the design skills of students whilst recognising the importance of their engineering expertise. Richard received a Dyson Scholarship at the RCA, which included the invaluable opportunity of working at Dyson Ltd during the summer. Graduation from the RCA in 2002 was followed by a Research Associate position at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD), a multi-disciplinary institute for inclusive design. This involved working with GlaxoSmithKline on medicine packaging that aids patients when taking prescribed drugs. Having worked for at the HHCD for two years Richard returned to the RCA as a part-time MPhil student investigating the design of environmentally sustainable products. Full-time research was facilitated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through their Doctoral Awards scheme. Richard transferred to Loughborough University in September 2008 to benefit fully from the Sustainable Design expertise provided by Prof Tracy Bhamra and the Loughborough Design School. Research Interests Richard is currently studying for a PhD, the topic of his research is 'Increasing the Integration of EcoDesign Principles within Small Product Design Consultancies'. The investigation explores the absence of an EcoDesign agenda in the briefs of many small design consultancies (SDCs), and how this might be changed in the future. Of particular interest are the constraints that designers work under and the barriers that SDCs face when acquiring reliable information and learning new techniques. Issues such as company ethos, government policy, market pressure and investment opportunities have also established themselves as significant factors in the practice of EcoDesign.

Recent publications

  • THE PRACTICE OF ECODESIGN A Study of Small Product Design Consultancies

    • Mawle R
    • Bhamra T
    • Lofthouse V
  • Which Pill When: Packaging That Aids Compliance in Taking Prescribed Drugs

    • Mawle R
    • Mcginley C

Professional experience

University Teacher

Loughboroug university

October 2008 - Present

Research Assistant

Loughborough University

July 2011 - January 2012(6 months)

Research Associate

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

October 2002 - September 2004(2 years)

Design Engineer


July 2001 - September 2001(2 months)


PhD Research Student

Loughborough University

October 2008 - March 2012(3 years)


Royal College of Art

September 2000 - July 2002(2 years)


Imperial College London

September 1996 - July 2000(4 years)


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