Commitments of University Leaders to the Talloires Declaration: Are They Evidenced in Industrial Design Teaching and Learning?

  • Mariano RamirezJrEmail author
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


By the act of signing the Talloires Declaration, university presidents and chancellors worldwide committed themselves to educate young people towards being more sustainability-focused, with a lofty ambition to change the world for the better. A good number of these higher education institutions offer degrees in industrial design, a career which has often been implicated for its sizeable contributions to the mountains of short-lived products and packages in landfills around the world. This paper investigates whether the promises made in this declaration are permeating in the education of industrial designers in signatory universities. It looks into the curricula and student portfolios of industrial design degrees and uses content analysis to understand how sustainability thinking is integrated into product design pedagogy.


Industrial design Design education Education for sustainability Talloires declaration 



The author thanks Maria Charissa Maliglig Ramirez for her invaluable assistance in gathering and tabulating sustainability data from the websites of Talloires Declaration signatory institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian School of Architecture and DesignUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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