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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, Technical University 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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Open_Next: Company-Community Collaboration for Open Source Development of products and services

Bonvoisin, J., Jochem, R., Stark, R., Boujut, J., Send, H., Voigt, C., Hofer, M., Unterfrauner, E. & Lindow, K.


Project: EU Commission

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

CubeFactory2 – an Off-Grid and Circular 3D-Printing Mini-Factory

Muschard, B. & Bonvoisin, J., 8 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Open Hardware. 3, 1, p. 3-15 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Harnessing the Synergy Potential of Open Source Hardware Communities

Bonvoisin, J., Mies, R. & Jochem, R., 2019, Co-Creation - Reshaping Business and Society in the Era of Bottom-up Economics. Springer International Publishing, p. 129-145 (Management for Professionals).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Qualitätsverbesserung in Open-Source-Hardware-Communities

Translated title of the contribution: Quality improvement in Open-Source-Hardware-CommunitiesBonvoisin, J., Mies, R., von Damaros, L. & Jochem, R., 2019, Potenziale Künstlicher Intelligenz für die Qualitätswissenschaft. Springer Heidelberg, p. 57-72 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Formal system for the expression of target-oriented design heuristics

Bonvoisin, J., Buchert, T. & Stark, R., 2018, 15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018. Bojcetic, N., Pavkovic, N., Marjanovic, D., Storga, M. & Skec, S. (eds.). Design Society, Vol. 1. p. 45 - 56 12 p.

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

Open Access
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