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Research Group

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.

Research Areas

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


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Exhibitions & Publications


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Kettle, AM., 2018. Alice Kettle: Thread Bearing Witness, The Whitworth, Manchester UK, 1/9/2018 - 24/4/2019.

Kettle, AM., 2018. Slipware, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

Kettle, AM., 2017. Alice Kettle: Threads, The Gallery Winchester Discovery centre, 28/10/2017 - 14/1/2018.

Beecroft, M., 2017. BBC Digital Cities- Digital Fashion event, Harvey Nichols Manchester, 15/11/2017.

Kirk, V., Robertson, E., Lawrence, K., Ashcroft, J., Munro, A., Coleman, R., Trevillian, A., 2017. Drawn Thread, Australia National University, Canberra , Australia, 26/7/2017 - 5/8/2017.

Donkor, K., Symington, C., 2017. Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition, Liverpool International Slavery Museum, 21/8/2017 - 2/9/2018.

Beecroft, M., 2017. Intersections: collaborations in Textile Design Research, Loughborough University London, 13/9/2017.

Kettle, 2017. Made in Translation, The Portico Library, Manchester, 27/4/2017.

Kettle, AM., 2017. More Threads, Candida Stevens Gallery, 10/11/2017 - 2/12/2017.

Beecroft, M., 2017. Serendipity Studio ( part of Clerkenwell Design Week), The Goldsmith Centre London, 23/5/2017.

Beecroft, M., 2017. TCT show, NEC Birmingham, 25/9/2017.

Ashkanian, M., Dib, R., Dutton, J., Hurlstone, N., Just, K., Lee, J., Mason, T., Riis, J., Sebyleau, A., Seon Yoon, J., Velasco, C., Yildiz, M., Taute, H., Orezekauskiene-Ore, L., Larsen, K., Koga, R., Presttun, KK., Bauer, S., 2017. Textiel Biennale, Rijswick Museum, The Netherlands, 16/5/2017 - 24/9/2017.

Kettle, A., 2016. A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25th November 2014 – 18th January 2015.

Leclercq, A., 2016. Chemins Croises, World Crafts Council, 17/4/2016 - 14/8/2016.

McErlain, A., Brown, C., Griffiths-Jones, J., Simmonds, A., Turrell, E., Haywood, K., Florey-Hitchcox, C., Ocheduszko, M., 2016. Drawing Inspirations, Craft in The Bay, 17/12/2016 - 6/11/2016.

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, AM., 2016. Here and Now - Stitches in Time, Circus Consultancy, London, 12/1/2016 - 31/3/2016.

Lee, C., 2016. Korea Bojagi Forum, Suwon Hwaseong, Seoul, Korea, 1/9/2016 - 5/9/2016.

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.

Kettle, AM., 2016. The Scalloped Edge, Galerios dos Prazeros, Madeira , Portugal, 6/7/2016 - 14/9/2016.

Kettle, AM., 2016. The Scalloped Edge, Galeria dos Prazeres, 15/7/2016 - 9/10/2016.


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.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'War Memorial', Sheffield.

Kettle, AM., 2016. 'Where is Jack Space Man', World Crafts Council.


Pomona Encounters: Beauty SpotPomona's Beauty Spots

Cocchiarella, F. Hayward, E., 2016. 'Pomona Encounters - Pomona's Beauty Spots', Pomona Island, 26th July 2016.


Millar, L., 2018. 'The Erotic Cloth; seduction and fetishism', Bloomsbury Academic, London.

Cocchiarella, F. Haley, D. Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona', Gaia Project.

de Bruyn, D., Joris, E., Eeckhout, R., Chaparro, I., Zissovici, J., O'Brien, K., Vitaglione, S., Maruszczak, JP., Connah, R., Gomez Flores, L., Wilson, S., Smith, C., Flaxton, T., Singer, J., Bird, L., Jemtrud, M., Stankovic, J., 2016. 'Imaging the city;art, creative practices and media speculations', Intellect.

Book Chapters

Pomona Encounters

Cocchiarella, FN., Vargas, V., Titterington, S., Hayley, D., 2017. 'Research informed sustainable development through art and design pedagogic practices'. In Leal Filho, W. (eds.) Implementing sustainability in the curriculum of universities : approaches, methods and projects, pp. 207-221, Springer, Cham.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'Manchester as a mythical city; reflections in art and locative media'. In Imaging the city; art creative practices media speculations, Intellect.

Kettle, AM., 2016. 'The Shaping of Dreams'. In Figueiredo, D., Steene, M. (eds.) Radical Craft, pp. 6-8, Craftspace, Birmingham.

Internet Publications

McNulty, S., Littlefield, D., 2017. 'IE:Studio - Edges',

Journal Articles

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, 137.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'South Home Town; film and the imaginary city', Journal of Writing and Creative Practice, Place-based Arts: Post-industrial landscapes (8:2., pp. 127-143.

Conference Papers

McNulty, SA., 2018. 'Dr Pink's House', The Constructed Environment, Detriot, 24/5/2018 - 25/5/2018.


Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N., 2018. 'Para-design: The role of design practice in interpreting paranormal phenomena', 9/7/2018 - 10/7/2018, in FRIHSC.

McNulty, SA., 2017. 'Hospitable Homes', AMPS - Architecture, Media, Policy, Society, Bristol.

Kettle, AM., 2016. 'The Story and the Stitch', Cross Currents: Land, Labor and the Port, Savannah, USA, 19/10/2016 - 23/10/2016.


Beecroft, M., 2016. 'Interlooped:3D Printed Textiles', MakeShift (The Crafts Council), Museum of Science and Industry, 10-11 November 2016.

Other Outputs

Cocchiarella, FN., Haley, D., Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona'.

Opiso City: Design Lab

Cocchiarella, F. Wehmeyer van den Boom, J., 2016. 'Pomona Island Design Lab', Design Lab Project.