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Research interests

My research focuses on sustainable product development, including both environmental and social aspects.

The social side of my research is about participative design and "making" as a way to enable sustainable consumption and production patterns. I specifcally focus on Open Source Hardware (OSH), that is, "products whose design are made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell them". I strive to:

  • show the utopia of OSH; describe the phenomenon in mechanical engineering terms and make it visible in the scientific and public debate;
  • investigate existing implementations of OSH; characterize the specific challanges faced by these OSH projects in terms of product development; 
  • understand open source product developemnt enough to develop supporting tools for the further development of this paradigma.

The enviromnenal side is about ecodesign. In the precedent years of research, I covered research topics like: remanufacturing, energy efficiency of electric and electronic products, environmental assessment of ICT-based services, energy efficiency of production systems, ecolabelling and product modularization.

I graduated in 2006 in IT engineering and worked a few years in a global IT services company implementing Product Data Management solutions for clients of the automotive sector. Following a strong ecological drive, I started in 2009 my doctoral studies on sustainable product design at the University of Grenoble with Prof. Daniel Brissaud. I widened the spectrum of my research from 2012 on, at the time I took a coordinative role in the collaborative research center 1026 "Sustainable Manufacturing", led by Prof. Rainer Stark at the Technische Universitaet Berlin. I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Bath since 2018.

Willing to supervise PhD

- sustainable product design, ecodesign

- open source hardware

External positions

Post-doc, Technische Universität Berlin


PhD candidate, Université Grenoble Alpes


PLM implementation and maintenance engineer, Sopra Steria



  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • open source hardware
  • sustainable product design

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Projects 2016 2019

Open! - Methods and tools for community-based product development

Bonvoisin, J., Stark, R., Jochem, R., Boujut, J. F., Samuel, K. & Send, H.


Project: Other

Research Output 2010 2018

Formal system for the expression of target-oriented design heuristics

Bonvoisin, J., Buchert, T. & Stark, R., 2018, DS92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Vol. Design theory and research methodology. p. 45 - 56 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Vielfalt und Stand der Open-Source-Hardware

Bonvoisin, J., Mies, R., Stark, R. & Jochem, R., 2018, Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven zur Zukunft der Wertschöpfung. Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden, p. 121-133 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution


Benefits and obstacles of sustainable product development methods: a case study in the field of urban mobility

Stark, R., Buchert, T., Neugebauer, S., Bonvoisin, J. & Finkbeiner, M., 23 Oct 2017, In : Design Science. 3, 30 p., e17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
product development
design method
development project

Current state of practices in open source product development

Bonvoisin, J., Thomas, L., Mies, R., Gros, C., Stark, R., Samuel, K., Jochem, R. & Boujut, J-F., 2017, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17). Vol. Vol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management. p. 111-120 39565. (ICED).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Product development
Open source
Design process
ICT sector
Development projects

Design Principles for Do-It-Yourself Production

Bonvoisin, J., Galla, J. K. & Prendeville, S., 2017, International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2017: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Springer, Cham, Vol. 68. p. 77-86 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution