Dr Robert Crocker, Deputy Director

CHINA AUSTRALIA CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, UNISA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

Robert Crocker began his academic career as a historian of early modern science and philosophy. He became interested in sustainability while working as a volunteer for a local pedestrian advocacy group in South Australia about twenty years ago.

Robert is editor of the Journal for Design, Business and Society (Intellect, UK). He was formerly Acting Director of the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (2014-2015), during which time he convened an international conference on ‘Unmaking Waste: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place’.

Robert is author of Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design (Greenleaf, December 2016), which won gold in the Axiom Best Business Books 2017 awards (sustainability), and has two edited volumes, Motivating Change: Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2013) and Designing for Zero Waste: Consumption and Technologies in the Built Environment (Routledge 2012).

At Powering the change, Robert will present how the circular economy can be seen not only as a pathway to lower carbon production and reduced energy consumption, but as a tool for reshaping unsustainable patterns of consumption and waste generation.

Dr Robert Crocker will share his paper ‘From the throwaway society to circular economy’ and participate in the closing plenary: ‘tackling the worst first: dealing with throwaway consumer goods’ at the Academic symposium.