Dr Kyungeun Sung

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Product Design

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Research group(s): Design and New Product Development

Address: De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK

T: +44 (0)116 207 8498

E: Kyungeun.sung@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kyungeun_Sung

 

Personal profile

Kyungeun’s research broadly deals with design and sustainability focusing on upcycling (see research interests for details). She received her PhD degree in Sustainable Design at Nottingham Trent University, Master’s degree in Strategic Product Design at Delft University of Technology, and Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (see qualifications for details). She has industrial work experiences in Samsung Electronics (product designer), LG Electronics (UX designer and design researcher) and Enviu (researcher); and academic work experiences at the University of Botswana (lecturer) and Nottingham Trent University (research associate/fellow).  

Research group affiliations

Design and New Product Development

Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products

Publications and outputs 

Sung, K. and Rowan, N. (2018). CAD Education Curricula in Product Design: The Case of De Montfort University, UK. Proceedings of CAD'18, Paris, France, pp. 81-85. 

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Kettley, S. (2018). Emerging Social Movements for Sustainability: Understanding and Scaling Up Upcycling in the UK. In: Brinkmann R., Garren S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 299-312.

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Ramanathan, U. and Singh, J. (2017). Challenges and support for scaling up upcycling businesses in the UK: Insights from small-business entrepreneurs. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) 2017 Conference,Delft, 8-10 November (pp. 397-401)  

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Painter-Morland, M., Oxborrow, L., Ramanathan, U. and Singh, J. (2017). Multi-stakeholder perspectives on the challenges and success factors for scaling up upcycling businesses in fashion industry in the UK. 18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Skiathos Island, 1-5 October (p. 345)

Salvia, G., Braithwaite, N., Moreno, M., Norman, J., Scott, K., Sung, K., Cooper, T., Barret, J., Hammond, G. (2017). Understanding consumption: Why and how do we use products? (report) Leeds: Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products.

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2017). Individual upcycling in the UK: Insights for scaling up towards sustainable development. in W. Filho (Ed), Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom, Cham: Springer, 193-227.

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2016). An alternative approach to influencing behaviour: Adapting Darton’s Nine Principles framework for scaling up individual upcycling. In P. Lloyd & E. Bohemia (Eds.), Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society – Future-Focused Thinking, Brighton, 27-30 June (Volume 4, pp. 1277-1290) 

Sung, K. (2015). Appropriate technology (Volume 1, p.46); Renewable resources (Volume 3, p.156); Source reduction (Volume 3, p.243); and Waste (Volume 3, p.414). in C. Edwards (Ed), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 

Sung, K., and Cooper, T. (2015). Sarah Turner–Eco-artist and designer through craft-based upcycling. Craft Research, 6(1), 113-122.

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2015). An exploratory study on the links between individual upcycling, product attachment, and product longevity. In T. Cooper et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) 2015 Conference, Nottingham, 17-19 June (pp. 349-356)

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2015). An Exploratory Study on the Consequences of Individual Upcycling: Is It Worth Making People Feel Attached to Their Upcycled Products? Paper presented at Nottingham Trent University CADBE Doctoral Conference 2015, Nottingham, 8-9 June (selected as the best paper)

Sung, K. (2015). A review on upcycling: Current body of literature, knowledge gaps and a way forward. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Venice, 13-14 April (pp. 28-40) 

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2014). Individual upcycling practice: Exploring the possible determinants of upcycling based on a literature review. Proceedings of the Sustainable Innovation 2014 Conference, Copenhagen, 3-4 November (pp. 237-244)

Research interests/expertise

  • Product design and new product development
  • Sustainable art, design and craft
  • Sustainable production and consumption by upcycling
  • Design education 

Areas of teaching

  • Product Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • New Product Development 

Qualifications

Courses taught

  • Product Design (BA, BSc, MA)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Design Research Society (03/05/2015 – present) Standard Member
  • The Design Society (25/03/2016 – present) Associate Member
  • British Academy of Management (07/12/2016 – present) Member 

Conference attendance

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Oehlmann, J. and Singh, J. (2018) Scaling up British fashion upcycling businesses: Multi-stakeholder perspectives. Global Fashion Conference 2018, London, 31 October - 1 November. 

Sung, K. and Rowan, N. (2018) CAD education curricula in product design: The case of De Montfort University, UK.  CAD'18: 15th annual international CAD conference, Paris, 9-11 July. 

Sung, K. (2018) Developing appropriate interventions for scaling up niche sustainable consumer behaviour: The case of upcycling in the UK. Regulatory Frameworks for Sustainable Consumption Conference, Hull, 25 May. 

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Ramanathan, U. and Singh, J. (2017). Challenges and support for scaling up upcycling businesses in the UK: Insights from small-business entrepreneurs. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) 2017 Conference, Delft, 8-10 November. 

Sung, K., Cooper, T., Painter-Morland, M., Oxborrow, L., Ramanathan, U. and Singh, J. (2017). Multi-stakeholder perspectives on the challenges and success factors for scaling up upcycling businesses in fashion industry in the UK. 18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Skiathos Island, 1-5 October

Sung, K., and Cooper, T. (2017). Upcycling as the circular economy in practice. Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption, Brighton, 27-29 June. 

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2016). An alternative approach to influencing behaviour: Adapting Darton’s Nine Principles framework for scaling up individual upcycling. DRS2016: Design + Research + Society – Future-Focused Thinking, Brighton, 27-30 June

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2016). Action across multiple levels for scaling up sustainable behaviour: The case of individual upcycling in the UK. 1st Conference on Management and Environmental Sustainability, Leicester, 20 May

Sung, K. Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2016). Individual upcycling in the UK: Insights for scaling up towards sustainable development. Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom, Manchester, 5-6 April 

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2015). An exploratory study on the links between individual upcycling, product attachment, and product longevity. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) 2015 Conference, Nottingham, 17-19 June

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2015). An Exploratory Study on the Consequences of Individual Upcycling: Is It Worth Making People Feel Attached to Their Upcycled Products? Nottingham Trent University CADBE Doctoral Conference 2015, Nottingham, 8-9 June (selected as the best paper)

Sung, K. (2015). A review on upcycling: Current body of literature, knowledge gaps and a way forward. 17th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Venice, 13-14 April

Sung, K., Cooper, T. and Kettley, S. (2014). Individual upcycling practice: Exploring the possible determinants of upcycling based on a literature review. Sustainable Innovation 2014 Conference, Copenhagen, 3-4 November 

Externally funded research grants information

2017-2018: "Challenges and success factors for scaling up upcycling-based SMEs in the UK" funded by Materials Research Seed-Corn fund from the PVC for research (Yvonne Barnett) at NTU

2013-2018: PhD and post-doctoral research, "Sustainable production and consumption by upcycling", at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products funded by EPSRC (EP/N022645/1)

Internally funded research project information

2018: "Challenges and success factors for scaling up upcycling-based SMEs in the UK" (collaborating with Nottingham Trent University and Lund University) and "Case study on Seoul Upcycling Plaza" funded by VC2020 fund from Associate Dean for Research and Innovation (Deborah Cartmell) in ADH

Published patents

Sung, K., Hyun, S., and Lee, C. (2010). Earset. US7684560 B2; CN101060722A; CN101060722B; EP1848242A2; US20080013714 

Sung, K., Hyun, S., and Lee, C. (2008). Cellular phone. USD560193 S1

Sung, K., Hyun, S., and Lee, C. (2007). Portable phone. USD555134 S1

Sung, K., Hyun, S., and Lee, C. (2007). Selective type headset. US20070230735 A1 

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for the Journal of MDPI Applied Sciences, Sustainability, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2018)

Reviewer for the Journal of MDPI Recycling (2017) 

Reviewer for the Journal of Industrial Ecology (2016)

Invited talks, guest lectures and workshops 

2018: Joint research workshop on "Scaling up SMEs utilising reuse/upcycling" at Nottingham Trent University 

2018: "Developing appropriate interventions for scaling up niche sustainable consumer behaviour: The case of upcycling in the UK" for Regulatory Frameworks for Sustainable Consumption conference in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, University of Hull 

2018: "Sustainable design and product development with circular economy and upcycling" design workshop for 2nd year design students in Industrial Design Department, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool 

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