Based in Research & Innovation and aligned to our Business School for the Creative Industries, our Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) leads and participates in future-shaping research focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability.

Led by Professor Martin Charter, it also works with business, policymaking and research communities in Europe, North America and Asia to promote sustainable practice.

The Centre hosts sustainability-focused conferences, workshops and training programmes, including its own Sustainable Innovation conference. Find out more by visiting the CfSD website.


This report presents the findings from a review of more than 100 Research & Innovation projects, dealing with a range of considerations relating to circularity (the elimination of waste and re-use of waste materials) in product design, manufacturing, use and after-use. Nine independent experts analysed these projects to identify key messages and lessons for policymakers and researchers.

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PASIC is a collaborative platform that aims to catalyse and support the acceleration of sustainability-driven innovation of cricket equipment and clothing.

PASIC is delivered through a strategic partnership between BASIS and The Centre for Sustainable Design © at Business School for Creative Industries at University for Creative Arts

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CfSD is a partner in the ORIENTING running between 2020-2023. The project is funded through Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research & Innovation.

ORIENTING is a research project to develop an operational methodology for product Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. The main purpose of Orienting to integrate a life cycle approach that includes the analysis of environmental, social and economic impacts.


Farnham Repair Café is collaborative project between The Centre for Sustainable Design® at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK.

We are part of the global Repair Café movement led by The Repair Café International Foundation, where repairs to  household products are carried out by a world-wide community of volunteers.

Repair Cafés are free ‘community-centred workshops’ for people to bring consumer products in need of repair, where they can work together with volunteer fixers to repair and maintain their broken or faulty products. In addition to repair, many Repair Cafés provide assistance with product modification, particularly to clothing to improve fit and appearance


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Head to our UCA Research Online platform to browse all research projects.