Green Transition Ecosystems

Pre-announcement: Green Transition Ecosystems (GTEs)

Green Transition Ecosystems (GTEs) are large scale projects that focus on translating the best design-led research into real-world benefits. Capitalising on clusters of design excellence, GTEs will address distinct challenges posed by the climate crisis, including but not limited to realising net zero goals.

The overarching aims of GTEs are to:

  • empower the UK design research base to respond to regionally or sectorally significant green transition challenges in agile and collaborative ways
  • embed circularity and sustainability across product, service, strategy and policy design in relation to the identified challenges
  • contribute to increasing design gross value added in the nations and regions of the UK which have seen stagnation or decline
  • realise measurable, green transition-supportive behaviour change across sectors and publics
  • catalyse and foster opportunities for the socially, culturally and environmentally-acceptable commercialisation of design research-led interventions
  • enable and support a greater diversity of voices and perspectives in the design of green-transition supportive-interventions, including users and publics
  • create opportunities to build capacity and capability in design research for green transition challenges

Each GTE will identify the green transition challenges it is uniquely able to address and develop a programme of research and innovation activity tailored to addressing them through high-quality, multidisciplinary and intersectoral design research.

Such challenges might include (but are not limited to):

  • developing low or zero carbon or non-extractive materials, products and services
  • development of new circular design processes
  • design that fosters positive behaviour change in support of green transition goals, including strategy and policy
  • sector focused solutions, for example low or zero carbon screen (meaning, film and television) production
  • region-focused solutions, for example transport systems and infrastructure supporting rural communities
  • designing for diversity
  • safeguarding the future of the design skills pipeline

The challenge you are seeking to address should require and promote the sustainable integration and leadership of arts and humanities design research in multidisciplinary fields of study related to net zero and the green transition.

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Closing date: 6 Apr 2023