Dr Deborah Andrews

Dr Deborah Andrews

Associate Professor - Design


Prior to becoming a full time academic at LSBU Deborah studied MA Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. She then worked as a freelance designer and designer-maker and was also a visiting lecturer on a number of leading 3D design courses in Bournemouth, Chelsea, Coventry, Farnham and Ravensbourne.

In addition to establishing the Industrial (now Product) Design course at LSBU Deborah was also a member of the Mad Dog solar car racing team which inspired her to study for a PhD at Imperial College, the subject of which was Life Cycle Assessment and the Design of Ultra-Low and Zero Emission Vehicles in the UK.

Deborah has subsequently applied knowledge of and expertise in sustainable design and manufacture to projects ranging in scale from radiator valves to data centres. Where possible she integrates her research, teaching and enterprise activities (including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy) which benefits external clients and partners, researchers and students.

Deborah is module leader for the final year Design Project and Design / Design Engineering Dissertation modules and teaches on Design Futures and Innovation, Human Centred Design and Communications modules on the Product Design and Engineering Product Design courses.

She delivers specialist lectures about sustainability, sustainable design and manufacture to students on under and post graduate Engineering courses and supervises MSc projects and PhD research students.

Deborah's research interests include: Sustainable design and manufacture, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and carbon foot printing, The Circular Economy.

Member of the Materials and Sustainability (MS) research team and also collaborates regularly with Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Research.

Member of Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy (iSTUTE) – EPSRC £5.2million grant EP/K011847/1withWarwick, Loughborough, Ulster Universities.

Resource Efficiency, New Designs for A Circular Economy: Technology Strategy Board (TSB) grant with industrial partners, The Bond Group, RD&T and Carbon Data Resources.

Successful PhD supervision includes EPSRC CASE funded research projects with HP (data centres) and the Bond Group (refrigerated display cabinets).

Lead academic on current and complete Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): Adande (Advanced Design and Engineering Ltd.), Eppendorf CryoTech, IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy), Chalmor Ltd, BBSA (British Blinds and Shutters Association).

Most recent publications

Andrews, D and De Grussa, Z and Chalk, A and Bush, D Design and the Circular Economy in the UK Blinds and Shutter Industry. In: Designing for the Circular Economy. Routledge, Oxford, pp. 360-368. ISBN 9781315113067

Andrews, D and De Grussa, Z and Chalk, A and Bush, D Developing a Sustainable and Circular Business Model for the Blinds and Shutter Industry in the UK. In: Designing for the Circular Economy. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, ISBN 9781138081017

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Newton, E and Chaer, I and Proudman, P The Pro-Circular Change Model (P-CCM)– Proposing A Framework Facilitating Behavioural Change Towards a Circular Economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.12.017

Venturi, L and Andrews, D and De Grussa, Z The Challenge of Modelling Solar Shading Products and Their Impact on the Built Environment.. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 12 - 13 April 2018, London.

Venturi, L and Andrews, D and De Grussa, Z and Chaer, I The Challenge of Modelling Solar Shading Products and their Impact on the Built Environment. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 12 April 2018 - 13 April 2018, London South Bank University, London.

De Grussa, Z and Andrews, D and Chalk, A and Bush, D A Real-world Study of the Relationship between Subjective Assessment of Productivity, Subjective Perception of Environmental Conditions and Objective Productivity Measures. In: CIBSE Technical Symposium, 12 - 13 April 2018, London.

Tozer, R and Flucker, S and Whitehead, B and Andrews, D Data Center Sustainability Indices. In: 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo, 20 - 24 January 2018, Chicago, USA.

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Chaer, I and Newton, E and Proudman, P and Longhurst, M Pro-circular behaviours and refrigerated display cabinets: supporting resource efficiency in the retail refrigeration sector. Energy Procedia, 123. 70-75. DOI 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.235

Muranko, Z and Andrews, D and Chaer, I and Newton, E and Proudman, P and Longhurst, M Incentivising pro-circular behaviours: proposing a new enhanced capital allowance scheme for remanufactured products - the case of refrigerated display cabinets in the United Kingdom. Energy Procedia, 123. 369-374. DOI 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.271

De Grussa, A and Andrews, D and Chalk, A and Bush, D A Case Study assessing the impact of Shading Systems combined with Night-Time Ventilation strategies on Overheating within a Residential Property. In: 38th AIVC - 6th TightVent & 4th venticool Conference, 2017 Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings,, 13 - 14 September 2017, Nottingham, UK.

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Member, Institution of Engineering Designers
  • Incorporated Engineer (Engineering Council)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Chartered Environmentalist
  • Member - Scientific Committee avniR LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) Platform and Conferences, Lille, France
  • All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, London
  • Environment and Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Institution of Engineering Designers Accreditation panel

Former external examiner BSc / BA design: University of Huddersfield, Southampton Solent University, Swansea Institute of Higher Education and PhD examiner: Royal College of Art

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