Interview with Josef Schöggl
Josef Schöggl is a post-doc at the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design
1. What is your research project?
Eco-design and Life Cycle Assessment of vehicles. My research concerns providing optimal decision support to designers and engineers during early stages of vehicle design, regarding environmental and social aspects. It is on the intersection of social science and engineering and related to this is that we want to look closer at the decision-making processes in automotive product development.
2. To which concrete problems can your research be applied?
Operationalizing environmental and social requirements (e.g. GHG-emissions, energy consumption, toxicity, conflict minerals …) during the product development phase, and translating them into actions. The general problem is that the ecologic and social impacts of a part or a whole vehicle cannot be fully assessed in early stage design. However, during this stage the improvement potentials are the largest. Therefore, it is crucial to integrate these topics into the design process properly in order to effectively decrease the environmental and social impact of a product.
3. How is the research performed?
So far, we have had a look on the design-theoretic foundation of engineering processes, as environmental and social considerations need to be aligned with these underlying theories and models of design. This is the theory phase of my research. The empirical phase focuses on gaining a better understanding of the decision-making process in early stage design. We already have our industry partner Scania involved in the research in order to make use of their expert knowledge, but the plan is to integrate as many as possible of the centre industry partners. Together with our partners we want to identify challenges and barriers for eco-design and develop improved decision-support tools to overcome them.
4. Who would be most interested by the results of the research?
Environmental managers, product designers and engineers who want to improve the environmental performance of their products. Our approach builds on involving designers and engineers into the optimization process, raising their awareness and facilitating inter-functional collaboration.
5. Why do you conduct research and what are your plans for the future?
Curiosity and the willingness to explore new topics and fields of knowledge. And also, to be able to contribute in some way. I’m totally open for what the future brings, but my general aim is to pursue an academic career. There is a lot that needs to be done, for instance understanding and fostering the transformation to a sustainable and circular economy.
Read more on Josef Schöggl at Researchgate here . You can also contact him at email@example.com