Prof. dr. Francesca Ostuzzi

Responsible for the research line on sustainability and system-oriented design. Research group, the research group in the field of product development at Ghent University, Department of Industrial systems and product design (EA18), Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

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  • Sustainability, circular design, open-ended design
  • System oriented design

Short CV

Francesca Ostuzzi obtained her Bachelor in Industrial Design in 2007 and her Master Degree in Design & Engineering in 2010, both from the Politecnico di Milano. In 2010, she worked with Politecnico di Milano and private companies on the development of LCAs (Life Cycle Assessments) and worked as a lecturer in both the Design Department and the Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering Department "Giulio Natta" (CMIC) at Politecnico di Milano.

In 2017 she completed her PhD "Open-ended design: explorative studies on how to intentionally support change by designing with imperfection". She is responsible lecturer for the course "Cybernetics and Systems-oriented Design". 

Currently, as Professor, she is responsible for the research line on sustainability in product development, circular design and systems-oriented design. Her research interests include Design Research for Sustainability (R.DfS), Design Education for Sustainability (E.DfS), Open-ended Design (OeD, i.e. the value of out-of-control, undisciplined, error-prone and wabi-sabi moments in product development and design), new materials and technologies for sustainability and the application of such topics in co-generative and open-ended processes.