Cynthia Jia Xin Xiao

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Born in Canton, China, XIAO Jiaxin(Cynthia) received her bachelor degree and master degree in Industrial Design from Guangdong University of Technology in 2007 and 2010 respectively. During the period, she worked as an intern at Southchina Institute of Industrial design and Chun Hing Business Development Company. She was responsible for the investigation and product innovative design. She has received more than 10 international and national design awards, including Dongguan International Industrial Design Awards, Design Korea 2008, HKDA Global Design Awards, Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Grand Award, etc. After graduation, she had worked in Guangzhou College South China University of Technology for three years. She taught compulsory courses including design psychology, universal design, industrial and product designs. Due to the enthusiasm for cultural study, she coordinated a research project of product design based on native culture. Later she had visited to ShuTe University (Taiwan) for academic exchange for one semester. Through this period of studying and working, her research gradually focuses on relationship of social consciousness, living order and human behavior according to the situation of China. In 2013, Cynthia joined School of Design as a PhD student to investigate lifestyle and recycling in Hong Kong.

Research Title

The Relationship between Waste and Human: Household and Community Participation in Recycling and Public Recycling Facility Design in Hong Kong

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
With the rapid development of consumer markets and high population density, waste generation has increased at an alarming rate in Hong Kong. Millions of tonnes of waste are not effectually reused or recycled and disposed in an inappropriate way (e.g. incinerated, landfill and exported). In addition to government legislations, public facilities for waste recycling play an important role between environment and user. However, there is a considerable number of constraints and challenges prohibiting sustainable behaviour, such as insufficiency of recycling facilities, inconvenience of reclaiming channels, low efficiency of design, etc. The facilities issues especially meaningful and necessary since it is significant helpful for Hong Kong to develop recycling behaviour effectively and sustainably. In designing public facilities for waste recycling, designers should consider user participation, user behaviour and acceptance, interventions, social culture, politics and environmental sustainability.

The project objectives are as follows:

  1. Review and explore the relationship between user and public facilities design for waste recycling.
  2. Explore the characters of public facilities design for waste recycling through user research by comparing user behaviour and acceptance, community participation, design interventions and social culture factors.
  3. Explore how public facilities design for waste recycling could be used to influence user behaviour towards more sustainable practices, with the combination of waste management, community participation and social culture.
  4. Suggest possible directions and provide with insights for designs and further research of public facilities for waste recycling in Hong Kong.