Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering








Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Leila is a lecturer in Industrial Design at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Her research explores the future of design and ‘Ubiquitous Sustainability’, aiming to identify how to develop and realise sustainable systems of consumption and production. This includes envisioning future scenarios for manufacturing, developing new approaches for incorporating sustainability into product development processes, and harnessing ubiquitous computing and interactive technologies in design engineering.

Her wider roles at Imperial include coordinating the Global Innovation Design MA/MSc degree course at the Royal College of Art, and tutoring on Innovation Design Engineering. She is also academic lead of the Industrial Placements programme on the MEng in Design Engineering, and Equality, Diversity and Culture Officer of the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

- I welcome enquiries from prospective research students and collaborators interested in working in sustainable design, technology enabled and interactive product development, or design and manufacturing futures -



Originally graduating with an MEng in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University, Leila went on to spend a year at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden where she studied Industrial Design and Design Thinking as a postgraduate. After this she spent a number of years working as a Design Engineer in various Product Development roles where she was able to take a wide range of products from concept to production, including Triumph Motorcycles, LED Luminaires, and Rural Ambulances in Zambia.

After this time in industry she returned to academia to gain her PhD in Sustainable Design Futures and undertake both teaching and research within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies at Loughborough University, working as part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability. Leila joined Imperial in 2015 to help build and grow the new Dyson School of Design Engineering.



Dieckmann E, Nagy B, Yiakoumetti K, et al., 2019, Thermal insulation packaging for cold-chain deliveries made from feathers, Food Packaging and Shelf Life, Vol:21, ISSN:2214-2894

Dieckmann E, Eleftheriou K, Audic T, et al., 2019, New sustainable materials from waste feathers: Properties of hot-pressed feather/cotton/bi-component fibre boards, Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Vol:20, ISSN:2214-9937

Dieckmann E, Dance S, Sheldrick L, et al., 2018, Novel sound absorption materials produced from air laid non-woven feather fibres, Heliyon, Vol:4, ISSN:2405-8440


Dance S, Dieckmann E, Sheldrick L, et al., 2019, Sound absorption characteristics of air laid non-woven feather mats

Dewberry EL, Sheldrick L, Sinclair M, et al., Developing scenarios for product longevity and sufficiency, PLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment

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