LiFE: 'Living in Future Ecologies' research group explores and reinvents the way we live through investigative future visioning projects. Creating collaborative platforms between departments, faculties, commercial partners and international organisations, LiFE proposes ideologies for sustainable living. LiFE is a laboratory for testing, crafting capabilities, challenging thinking and innovating the everyday.
LiFE ‘Living In Future Ecologies’ - shifts the way we think about Future Living. The Greek word oikos means house or dwelling. It is the root of the words ecology and economy. In the context of the ‘home', ecology determines the philosophy through which home is used by the ‘family' as an interface to the community and city. The LiFE group creates dynamic relational narratives to ‘ live harmoniously’ with systems that organise and interlink everyday processes and patterns as ‘ecologies’ for capable futures.
Through art and design practices, the LiFE research group generates future(s) systems that innovate social change, mobilising communities to adopt responsible, circular-living economies that resonate with the local, regional, international and global home.
Seen as an intuitive process, future(s)-making networks systems to mediate 'physical interfaces', turning research theory into practice. Design as a practice is a natural ally to futurity that helps to critically reflect and innovate scenarios affecting behaviors and capabilities. By growing new creative communities, potential futures are explored that lead to a culture of innovation.
LiFE research interests are mobilized through activities that engage undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Through collaborative research activities students have the opportunity to work alongside academic staff in an environment that seeks to invigorate and inspire a community of critical visionaries.
Current activity between faculties investigates futures for psychology, ecological arts practices, science, design theory, architecture, textiles, interiors, object, space, food and materiality. Our commercial partners act as conduits to interpret conceptual theories for public application. The partnerships translate research practices into commercial practicalities, converting critical methods into future networks that engage communities as meaningful ways to permeate the everyday.
The group utilizes its national, international and commercial networks to engage and foster interdisciplinary reflexivity through publication, exhibition, workshop and autonomous gatherings of likeminded individuals.
Art / Design / Art and Design Theory / Interiors / Object / Artefact / Materials / Space / Psychology / Parapsychology / Hospitality / Food / Ecology / Architecture / Integral Critical Futures / Systems Thinking / Complexity / Climate Change / Circular Economies
- Edward Fox
Research Group Leader
- Lilian Barton
Lecturer, School of Tourism, Events & Hospitality Management
- Mark Beecroft
Dept of Design
- Oliver Clark
Technical Officer, Psychology
- Michael Coates
Principal Lecturer for Contextualising Practice
- Fabrizio Cocchiarella
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design
- Maria Cordero
Senior Lecturer, Psychology
- Pattilyn Crozier
Associate Lecturer, Dept of Design
- Ken Drinkwater
- Lucy Gannon
Dept of Design
Associate Dean Research
Professor of Textile Arts
- Ben Lycett
Tutor, Dept of Media
School of Science & The Environment
- Shelley McNulty
Acting Director of Studies in Design
- Sally Titterington
- Valeria Vargas
Education for Sustainable Development Co-ordinator
- Gunter Wehmeyer
- Amanda White
Senior Lecturer, School of Tourism, Events & Hospitality Management
- Caroline White
Faculty Enterprise Manager
- Judith van den Boom
Exhibitions & Publications
Beecroft, M., 2017. The Serendipity Studio, Goldsmith's Centre, Clerkenwell, London, 23rd-25th May 2017.
Kettle, A., 2016. A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25th November 2014 – 18th January 2015.
Kettle, A., 2016. Chemins Croises, The World Crafts Council, Mons, Belgium, 19th April - 14th Aug 2016.
Beecroft, M., 2016. Fashion is a Force for Good, The Great Hall, Sackville Street Building The University of Manchester 60 Sackville Street M1 3WE Manchester, 12th October 2016.
Kettle, A., 2016. Here and Now, Circus, London, 8th Feb - 31 March 2016.
Kettle, A., 2016. More Academic Choice, Crafts Study Centre, UCA Farnham, 29 March to 10 December 2016.
Beecroft, M., 2016. Significance at the Knit and Stitch show, Harrogate, 24th-27th November.
Hawley, S. Steyger, T., 2015. Stranger than Known; South Home Town, Video installation at Southampton Showcase Gallery, Dec 2014- Feb 2015.
Kettle, A., 2016. 'The Dog Loukanikos and the Cat’s Cradle’', Textile work, Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery London, VAS:t, Scottish Royal Society of Arts, invited artist, Here and Now, Circus performance Alice Kettle, Circus and CAA Gallery, London, 2015, 2015 and 2016.
Kettle, A., 2015. 'Map to the Future', Textile artwork, Lloyd's register, Global Technology Centre, Southampton, 2015.
Kettle, A., 2015. 'Map to the Future', Large wall hung site specific artefact, Lloyd’s Register, Marine Technology Centre, University of Southampton.
Gannon, L. Davidson, P. Broadbent, S, 2015. 'Propellers of the City', Publication commissioned by Sunderland County Council and presented to all people who donated a face for the project.
Cocchiarella, F. Hayward, E., 2016. 'Pomona Encounters - Pomona's Beauty Spots', Pomona Island, 26th July 2016.
Cocchiarella, F. Haley, D. Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona', Gaia Project.
Kettle, A., 2016. 'The Erotic Cloth; seduction and fetishism', Bloomsbury, London.
Hawley, S. O'Brien, K, Clift, E, Cairns, G, co-editors, 2015. 'Imaging the City – art, creative practices and media speculations', Intellect UK.
Beecroft, M., 2016. '3D Printing of weft knitted textile based structures by Selective Laser Sintering of Nylon powder', IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering.
Beecroft, M., 2016. 'Interlooped:3D Printed Textiles', MakeShift (The Crafts Council), Museum of Science and Industry, 10-11 November 2016.
Hawley, S., 2015. 'Manchester as a mythical city', Manchester as a mythical city, Manchester City Art Gallery, Thursday 24th January 2012.
Hawley, S., 2015. 'Minutopia and the English Model Village', Scale' (SLSAeu), Valetta, Malta,, 2015, 15-18 June.
Coates, M., 2015. 'Radical Architecture: Revolution and Utopia in 1970s England', Graduate School Symposium, Sheffield School of Architecture, 14th May 2015.
Hawley, S., 2015. 'South Home Town; film and the imaginary city', Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes, University of Brighton, 29th May 2015.
Hawley, S., 2015. 'Stranger than Known; the imagined city', URBAN MEDIA STUDIES: CONCERNS, INTERSECTIONS AND CHALLENGES, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science,, 24-25 September 2015.
Hawley, S., 2015. 'The Archive as Art,', Digital Echoes 2014, Coventry University., 8th Jan 2014.
Cocchiarella, F. Wehmeyer van den Boom, J., 2016. 'Pomona Island Design Lab', Design Lab Project.
Cocchiarella, F. Higgins, S, 2015. 'Mise en Scene', Collaborative project with the RNCM.