Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer







RCS1 1M02Royal College of ScienceSouth Kensington Campus





Leila is a Senior Lecturer 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, Onsiong R, Nagy B, et al., 2021, Valorization of waste feathers in the production of new thermal insulation materials, Waste and Biomass Valorization, Vol:12, ISSN:1877-2641, Pages:1119-1131

Angheloiu C, Sheldrick L, Tennant M, 2020, Future tense: exploring dissonance in young people’s images of the future through design futures methods, Futures, Vol:117, ISSN:0016-3287

Dieckmann E, Sheldrick L, Tennant M, et al., 2020, Analysis of barriers to transitioning from a linear to a circular economy for end of life materials: a case study for waste feathers, Sustainability, Vol:12, ISSN:2071-1050, Pages:1725-1725

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, Pages:1-8

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

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