Staff Profiles

Dr. Yaone Rapitsenyane

Yaone Rapitsenyane

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Industrial Design and Technology

Head of Department

Location: FET248.127/8
Phone: +267 355 4223/4
Email Dr. Yaone Rapitsenyane

PhD Design and Sustainable Product Service System - Loughborough University, UK.

MSc Sustainable Product Design - Loughborough University, UK.

BDes (Design and Technology Education) - University of Botswana, Botswana.



Yaone Rapitsenyane is a Service Designer and a lecturer of Sustainable Design at the University of Botswana.  With over 10 years of university teaching and community engagement experience, he leads engagement activities such as workshops and collaborative teaching projects. His research interests work include imparting design capabilities in manufacturing and service SMEs, developing sustainable business models for SMEs and developing sustainable Product Service System curricula for African universities. He continues to publish in per-reviewed journals, book chapters and peer-reviewed international conferences. See a detailed scholar profile at

Design for Sustainability

Service Design for Sustainability

Product Styling

Graphical Communication

SMEs and Sustainable Design

SMEs and sustainable business models

Service design in the informal sector

Design education in the 21st century

An Assessment of Sustainable Design-driven Innovation in the Furniture Manufacturing Small Micro Enterprises in Zimbabwe

Book chapter

Rapitsenyane, Y., Njeru, S. and Moalosi, R., (2019). Challenges preventing the fashion industry from implementing Sustainable Product Service Systems in Botswana and Kenya. IN: Gwilt, A., Payne, A. and Ruthschilling, E.A. (eds.) Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion, London: Bloomsburry. ISBN: 9781350058149. DOI. 10.5040/  

Journal Articles

Rapitsenyane, Y. (2019). A Conceptual Review of Sustainable Innovation: A Driver for Growing the Manufacturing Industry in Botswana. Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, Vol 5. Pp. 43-61.

Bhamra, T., Hernandez, R.J., Rapitsenyane, Y. and Trimingham, R. (2018). Product Service Systems: A Sustainable Design Strategy for SMEs in the Textiles and Leather Sectors. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Vol 4, No 3. pp. 229-248. DOI:

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