Living Design employing practice-based research to support the implementation of design for sustainability in local maker enterprises (<10 employees) to ensure economically viable futures in ways that are culturally relevant and environmentally responsible. I am Co-Investigator on this 30-month AHRC funded project (£580k) which runs from July 2016 toDecember 2018. The project is in collaboration with Professor Stuart Walker at Lancaster University.
The project will examine the effective use of design-led approaches in maker enterprises to develop and implement comprehensive interpretations of design for sustainability in ways that enable the development of long lasting, desirable products that employ local skills and materials and that offer new market opportunities. The primary aim is to ensuring economically viable futures in ways that are culturally relevant and environmentally responsible. A range of innovative engagement activities, complemented with more traditional outputs, will ensure the research connects with key beneficiaries and target audiences.