Sophie Thomas

Sophie has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers.

Sophie is an unusual mix of creative campaigner and design agitator and has been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material process through the design agency, Thomas.Matthews since she founded it in 1997.

Sophie was Director of Circular Economy and before that, Co- Director of Design in the Action Research Centre at the RSA where she founded and ran The Great Recovery project for four years. She became a MCIWM in 2014.

Sophie has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies.

She is an active campaigner and has founded a number of social enterprises with aims to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to climate challenges through knowledge sharing and investigation, including the URGE Collective.

She has now co-founded etsaW Ventures – a world-first venture studio that focuses on building businesses that develop circular novel materials and systems.

“All the things I do fuel my curiosity about why things are the way they are. I say enough of talking we need action, investigation, exploration and innovation. I like the ‘it may not work, but let’s just try it’ mentality and I know that good design thinking is key, as well as asking the right question in the first place”.

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