MSc. Costa Junior, J. da

Academic Background

Jairo is a PhD candidate in Design for Sustainability and conducts research on systems design approach and complex societal problems. His research aims to foster designers’ understanding of energy challenges in low-income markets in order to contribute, through design, to solve complex societal problems. Throughout his doctoral research, he worked in multicultural environments and engaged in research and teaching activities in Brazil, Uganda, the Netherlands and China.

Since 2007, he has engaged in research on Design for Sustainability and Development. In 2010, he worked at the Design & Sustainability Research Centre in Brazil, where he collaborated with a major manufacturer of products for water management systems. Together with the manufacturer, he designed innovative and sustainable product-service solutions and obtained a Master’s degree in Design (2012) on the topic Eco-efficient Services in Product-Service Systems. More recently, he worked as Assistant Professor in Product Design and Manufacture at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, where he also acted as the Course Director of the BEng in Product Design and Manufacture.


  • 2012  present
    PhD in Design for Sustainability, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands.
    Thesis: Embracing Complexity to Handle Energy Challenges in Low-income Markets: A Systems Design Approach to Sustainable Development
  • 2010 – 2012
    Master’s in Design, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
    Dissertation: Proposition to a Reference Model for Eco-Efficient Service Design in Product-Service Systems.
  • 2007 – 2008
    Specialization in Graphic Design and Corporate Strategy & Higher Education Teaching, University of Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Brazil.
    Design Project: Itajaí – A Port of Cultural and Natural Riches.
    Monograph: Design and Sustainability: from market differentiation to an essential key to the development of products and services.
  • 2002 – 2006
    Bachelor’s in Industrial Design (Product Design), University of Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Brazil.
    Project: Feeling 77' - A Leisure Boat for Regional Tourism Focused on the Yacht Charter Market.


  • 2012  present 
    PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology
  • 2016  2018 
    Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Product and Manufacturing
    Course Director of the BEng in Product Design and Manufacturing (2018-2018)
    University of Nottingham Ningbo, NINGBO, China.
    Disciplines: Industrial Design and Professional Practice, Design Studio Individual (2nd year), Design Studio Group (2nd Year), RSA Design Project (3rd year), BEng Major Design Project.
  • 2015 – 2015
    Guest Lecturer in System Design for Sustainable Energy for All, University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda
    MSc in Technology Innovation and Industrial Development, Power System Engineering, and Renewable Energy.
  • 2010 – 2012
    Researcher at the Design & Sustainability Research Centre, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
  • 2008 – 2009
    Lecturer, Barddal's Faculty of Applied Arts, Florianópolis, Brazil.
    Disciplines: Marine Design I & II, Sustainability, Design and Ecology, Technology of Materials, Typography and Product Design I.
  • 2006 – 2009
    Designer, Technical Office of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Brazil.

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Product-Service System (3 ECTS) - MSc Integrated Product Design, Design for Interaction, Strategic Product Design, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Graduation Project (15 ECTS) - MSc Strategic Product Design

Secondary employment