Dr Kyungeun Sung is a Senior Lecturer in Product Design, De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK. Her research broadly deals with design and sustainability focusing on upcycling and circular economy. She has investigated various aspects of upcycling and circular economy in the context of sustainable art, craft, design, manufacturing, production, businesses, supply chain management, consumption, behaviour and lifestyles. She is a Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded International Upcycling Research Network (2022-2024).

Mik Pieniazek is a Senior Lecturer in Product Design at DMU, UK. He has extensive experiences as a professional product design practitioner and educator in multiple higher education institutions in the UK. His research interests include NPD processes, urban metabolism, sustainability, and collaborative processes. 


Dr Abhishek Tiwary is Associate Professor in Engineering Management in the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development at DMU. He is recipient of Marie Curie Fellowship and Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship to pursue interdisciplinary research and methods. His current research involves system-scale sustainability assessment of technology innovations, both in the UK and in international settings. He has been involved in numerous funded projects evaluating the feasibility of environmentally benign solutions to global challenges on pollution control, resource reuse and renewable energy, for both industrial and societal applications. 

Joe Shade is an emerging industrial designer and product design student at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK. He has industry experience in furniture and product design, 3D Printing, and consumer electronics. He has a strong interest in sustainability and design for repair which he has explored through an Enterprise Placement Year.

Thomas Wylam is a Product Design student at DMU (Leicester, UK). He practises design as a trifecta with his other interests in business and psychology. Rooted in his manufacturing placements, his work for start-ups focuses on regenerative solutions and finding economic success that supports the growth of new metrics such as community, wellbeing, and meaning. As an advocate of co-design, he enjoys getting hands-on through prototyping and practical explorations with stakeholders.

Tony Lorance is an enthusiastic Design Engineer and Product Design student at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK. He has thorough understanding and experience in CAD (Computer Aided Design) modelling, technical drawings, reverse engineering, and manufacturing process from the automobile industry. He has a keen interest in research, prototyping, testing, and product development.