Shoe Lab Short Research Projects

Oscar Ponte

A Guide for Circular Design: The Footwear Industry as a Case Study

The current “take-make-sell-use-dispose” system, as a linear economy, is not sustainable anymore, and needs to be rethought. Design is not considered in that system as predominant element, but it should, given that Industrial Designers define to a large degree, the materials needed and the way an object will be produced, displayed, advertised, sold, used and disposed. Currently 80% of materials end up in landfills, and the only way designers can do something about is knowing the impact and possible solutions. The concept is simple; humans need to change the linear process into a circular one.


This project aims to create a guide for Industrial designers, to implement Circular Economy in their process through the development of a tool, based on literature review and secondary data from experts in the field. A case study will be developed, designing a concept 3D printed sport shoe to show the application of the guide.


See the methodology Oscar followed in this video

Debora Widjaja

Shoe Lab – Circular and re-distributed business model for an ‘Intelligent Shoe’

This project aims to study how redistributed manufacturing and digital intelligence implemented in shoes industry to make it more sustainable. With 'Borough', a smart & sustainable sneakers as the case study, customer perceptions are assessed to formulate a Product-Service System (PSS) business model. 

Elodie Aubanel

A Conceptual Framework for Innovation: From Physical insights to digital insights

The purpose of this research is to develop a conceptual framework fostering the customer understanding of businesses using Big Data leading to innovations. A case study - The Shoe Lab is used to understand the complex implementation of new technologies to  use and understand data flows. 

Tobi Faulkner

Big Data Commercialization: Developing a legal framework for managing Big Data

Big Data commercialization is a growing trend. Even though there is rapid growth in this sector the legal community is struggling to keep up. This project investigates the Intellectual property rights and current regulations – DPA 98 and EU GDPR - that might affect the commercialization of Big data. A case study analysis was done on 36 companies using Big data analytics to deliver results. This was to highlight the issues and challenges that had to be overcome and draw learnings from them for the Shoe Lab. 

Jose Luis Rivas Pizzarro

Digital Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RDM) Studio, Simulation Model Development

The aim of this project is to develop a Digital Re-distributed Manufacturing (RDM) Studio that will enable data-driven experimentation with a range of possible scenarios for consumer goods industry. This will act as a feasibility study that seeks to demonstrate the potential benefits that RDM could bring in the future.


System Dynamics simulation software will be used to allow for the dynamic visualisation of RDM business models. These models will be based on two different case studies provided by Unilever and the ShoeLab project. Different scenarios will be modeled to compare the “as-is” and the “to-be” processes of the consumer goods industry.

Luiggi Mondini

Business Model Development for Re-Distributed Manufacturing using IDEF0

This project aims to develop new business models for the Shoe Lab, using IDEF0 style modelling, that consider the application of re-distributed technologies and methods in a consumer goods industry value chain.

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