Dr Mariano Ramirez Jr is Senior Lecturer and Director of the UNSW Industrial Design program. An active researcher and educator in various aspects of Industrial Design for Sustainability, Dr Ramírez has authored over 70 publications in his area of expertise. His research has been presented in over 30 conferences globally. He held Visiting Academic roles in 21 universities in Asia and Latin America and is a Higher Degree Examiner in four Australian universities. He has regularly contributed to various international academic journals and conferences on sustainable innovations as an author and as a scientific committee reviewer. He is an Associate Investigator at the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, sits on the Editorial Board of the MDPI journal 'Sustainability', and is Convenor of LeNS Oceania, the Australia-New-Zealand regional node of the international Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS).
Dr Ramirez has supervised BID honours, MPhil and PhD students at UNSW and has examined dissertations of PhD and MDes candidates from 5 Australian universities. He is a regular contributor to peer-reviewed international conferences and journals on design and sustainability and sits in the scientific review committees of various academic publications. His research interests span various environmental and social sustainability aspects of industrial design, particularly on enabling sustainable consumption behaviours through design and on using product design as a tool for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.