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Makers & Fixers
Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation
3rd June 2014




Makers and Fixers: Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation will explore the emergence of new decentralised, grassroots approaches to making and fixing products. New places are emerging to help individuals experiment, make and fix products. These include tech shops, fab labs, makerspaces focused on makers, and hacklabs and repair cafés focused on fixers. A number of these maker places are starting to explore more sustainable production methods eg the use of 3D printing using recycled plastics. Within hacklabs and repair cafés inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and hobbyists appear to be coming together to collaborate with a view to extending the life of products through repair and/or changing product functions, therefore extending the use of materials. In addition, a number of companies and social enterprises are emerging to help consumers and users repair or fix a range of products. The emergence of Makers and Fixers has significant implications for the sustainable production and consumption of materials and could contribute significantly to the drive towards a more circular economy.

Makers and Fixers are represented in a diverse collection of organisations, non-profit and profit-generating businesses and subcultures. The Centre for Sustainable Design® is undertaking research to develop a classification of different types of Makers and Fixers based on a range of criteria and will be identifying potential environmental and social benefits of their activities. Furthermore, the research will seek to identify how businesses and other organisations can learn from these groups to innovate, upscale and where appropriate commercialise activities.

Makers & Fixers: Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation will present findings from new research and will include invited presentations, innovative processes and provide excellent networking opportunities.





Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UK


Circular Economy
Judith Merkies, Member of European Parliament


Circular Economy & Grassroots Innovation
Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UK


Grassroots Innovation
Dr Adrian Smith, SPRU, University of Sussex


Survey Results: Global Repair Cafés & Hackspaces
Professor Martin Charter & Scott Keiller, Director & Project Manager – FUSION, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA, UK


Coffee & Networking


Case Studies - Makers & Fixers

RDM Makerspace
Jurjen Lengkeek, Co-Founder, RDM Makerspace


Brighton Repair Café
Victoria Jackson & Samantha Jarman, Co-Founders, Brighton Repair Café 

Rob Maslin, Director, We All Design






Case Studies – Fixing Businesses

Paul Maher, Managing Director, Micropro Ltd

Kiel Wiens, CEO & Founder, IFixit

The Restart Project
Janet Gunter, Co-Founder, Restart

Rob Maslin, Director, We All Design


Fixing: World Cafés

Table 1: New Business Models
Chair: Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA

Table 2: Consumer Behaviour
Chair: Scott Keiller, Project Manager – FUSION, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA

Table 3: Product Life Extension
Chair: Dr Debra Lilley, Senior Lecturer - Design & Co-ordinator, CLEVER Project, Loughborough University

Table 4: Consumer Electronics
Chair: Gerrard Fisher, Electronics Expert, WRAP 

Table 5: Clothing & Apparel
Chair: Professor Ulrich Lehmann, School of Fashion, University for the Creative Arts


Report-Back & Discussion


Summing up
Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA, UK





* To be confirmed

Fees & Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration Form

Map & Directions

Please refer to the map at

For any further enquiries please contact:

Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
University for the Creative Arts,
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772

Social networking

Use the social networking share buttons at the top to tell your colleagues and networks about the opportunity. If you're tweeting you may want to copy in the following: @mcharter1

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Funders' Websites

This document reflects the author's views. The INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme Authorities are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


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