Jamie Sandhu, PhD researcher

Jamie, from the UK, is a PhD student at Loughborough University London studying under the Institute for Design Innovation. Prior to his studies in London, Jamie studied Product Design Engineering at Loughborough (main campus).

What country are you from?


Under which institute are you studying your PhD?

Institute for Design Innovation

What is the full title of your PhD?

Co-Designing Sustainable Services (Provisional)

Please give a brief synopsis of what you are researching and why.

I'm concerned with how to generate positive changes towards sustainability in the systems and services that structure our lifestyles. To this end, I’m looking at the role of designers and the use of co-design practice in fostering sustainability transitions. This work will link the current trend towards user-centred services with the wider context of sustainable development.

Who are your academic supervisors?

Ksenija Kuzmina and Val Mitchell

Why did you choose Loughborough University London to undertake your PhD?

I wanted to move to London after graduation and Loughborough University London were offering a good studentship in a research area I was interested in. They were also very supportive during my initial enquiry and application process. 

Tell us about your academic background.

I studied Product Design Engineering at Loughborough (main campus) before starting my PhD at Loughborough London in May.

What attracted you to your chosen research field?

This area of design is an exciting avenue towards addressing complex contemporary problems and building a sustainable society. My hope is that it puts me in good stead to do interesting and impactful work in the future.

Describe a day in the life of a PhD student.

Travelling up to campus or the library in the morning, picking up and reading relevant literature, which I take notes/ideas from to use in the paper I’m writing. I then look to find the next thing to read about. 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to chill out at home after a busy day reading at the campus.

How would you describe the research community on campus?

Everyone is quite new so we're in the process of getting to know each other, developing the network and building the community.

What advice would you give to prospective PhD students looking to study at Loughborough University London?

Get a Waitrose card for the free coffee!