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Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University

Research Associate

Manchester Metropolitan University

Average weekly working hours: 37.00
End date or duration: 31 December 2018


Living Design is an AHRC funded project that aims to develop effective ways of using design to implement the principles of sustainability in local maker enterprises (<10 employees).

The project is led by Professor Martyn Evans of Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and Professor Stuart Walker of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University.

The research team includes a research assistant based in Lancaster University and provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to engage with a cutting-edge research agenda that has the potential to ensure economically

viable futures for a range of crafts in ways that are culturally relevant and environmentally responsible.


You will employ a range of design-led research approaches to support the implementation of design for sustainability in local maker enterprises (small-scale manufacturing in furniture, lighting, homewares, etc.) in Cumbria.

In collaboration with the project team, you will explore the effective use of design-led approaches in maker enterprises (<10 employees) 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. Fieldwork with stakeholders based in Cumbria will involve the collection, analysis and synthesis of qualitative research data to inform the development of design interventions that highlight opportunities to embed design for sustainability approaches in local, maker enterprises.

Ideal Candidate

Educated to doctoral level, you will possess a broad range of design and design research skills that can be employed to engage with a range of specialists makers in the region.

With a background in design, the ideal candidate will be capable of using their own initiative to develop networks with stakeholders primarily in Cumbria.

You will have experience of authoring and co-authoring academic research outputs and disseminating research findings to a range of audiences. Strong visualisation and graphic skills would be an advantage but we are interested in candidates that have a broad range of design research skills and experiences.

We are looking for an energetic, dynamic, self-directed and committed individual with a genuine interest in the role of design in sustainability.