Cutting Edge and Directions of Ecodesign and Product-Service System Research

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The subject editors of Ecodesign and Product-Service System (PSS) of the Journal of Cleaner Production will organize a workshop at Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference to be held in Sitges, Barcelona, Nov. 1–4, 2015. We invite authors to submit abstracts with relevance to the issues explained below.


More than two decades of research about environmentally conscious design (Ecodesign) and about PSS have produced scientific concepts, models, methods and tools for supporting industry to improve the lifecycle environmental performance of offerings. Some of them are useful for practice. However, when facing problems in the real world or demands from our society, for example in the context of climate change and food supply insecurities, there are large gaps where further advancement in scientific insights and real world practices are essential. These gaps call for further research and real world testing and implementation in Ecodesign and PSS.

Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLP) has frequently published articles on Ecodesign (e.g. (Karlsson and Luttropp 2006)) and PSS (e.g. (Mont and Tukker 2006)). Especially, it has published the highest number of articles for PSS (Tukker in press, Boehm and Thomas 2013). In the future, the leaders of the JCLP intend to expand the impact on academia and the real world by publishing more high quality papers in these two topical areas and in other proactively focused aspects. Therefore, this workshop is designed to invite submissions of ‘state-of-the-art,’ visions, tools, approaches and accomplishments in academia and industry on Ecodesign and PSS. The workshop will also facilitate discussion about promising research and dissemination directions among researchers and practitioners in these areas.

Issues and styles of papers for the workshop

The expected issues that will be addressed include the following, but are not limited to:

  • What Eco-Product and PSS, concepts and methodologies can more effectively support industry?
  • What are the recent trends and future directions regarding concepts and methodologies in these areas?
  • What methods and tools can enhance and support the impacts of product and service designers?
  • How can transitions toward ecologically sound and ethically fair circular economies be accelerated through more holistically integrated product and service design?
  • What business models would facilitate improvement of ethical, environmental and economic performance for the short and long term future?
  • How could Information Communication Technologies enhance social, ethical and environmental performance of products and services?
  • How can different stakeholders cooperate to improve the system’s social, environmental and economic performance of truly sustainable societies?
  • What should be the ethical, environmental and economic targets for new products and services to help to accelerate the transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies?
  • How can all stakeholders co-work in co-envisioning truly sustainable futures?

Regarding styles of papers, case studies, literature reviews, and theoretical explorations are expected. Other forms of papers are welcome, too. However, in the case of literature reviews, promising future research is expected to be described extensively.

Workshop structure

The session will consist of oral, scientific presentations of papers that will be discussed across different presentations throughout the session and a final session will be a ‘real workshop’ that will provide small groups opportunities to co-work on ‘solving real problems,’ in new and exciting ways.

How to become engaged in this workshop

Follow the common procedure and conditions of the Global Conference, unless specified differently on this call document. Select ‘Cutting Edge and Directions of Ecodesign and Product-Service System Research,’ and submit your abstract for that workshop. Abstracts should be entered in the on-line submission site for the Global Conference via the ‘submit your abstracts for workshops site’ at:

Procedure after abstract submission

After your abstract has been reviewed, the author(s) of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a conference paper. Conference papers that have been submitted to the conference will be reviewed. Based on the papers and presentations at the conference, authors may be invited to submit their expanded, deepened, peer-review ready paper for potential publication in one of the four special volumes that will be developed based primarily upon inputs to the Global Conference.

Organizers and their contact details

Prof. Tomohiko Sakao and Assoc. Prof. Mattias Lindahl
Division of Environmental Technology and Management, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
Serving as Subject Editors of Ecodesign and Product-Service System for Journal of Cleaner Production,

For additional information about the conference


Boehm, M. and O. Thomas (2013). "Looking beyond the rim of one’s teacup: A multidisciplinary literature review of Product-Service Systems in Information Systems, Business Management, and Engineering & Design." Journal of Cleaner Production 51: 245-260.
Karlsson, R. and C. Luttropp (2006). "EcoDesign: what's happening? An overview of the subject area of EcoDesign and of the papers in this special issue." Journal of Cleaner Production 14(15-16): 1291-1298.
Mont, O. and A. Tukker (2006). "Special Issue - Product Service Systems: reviewing achievements and refining the research agenda." Journal of Cleaner Production 14(17): 1451-1560.
Tukker, A. "Product services for a resource-efficient and circular economy - a review." Journal of Cleaner Production, in press.

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