Design Ecosystem Fellowships

The Design Ecosystem Fellowships are Future Observatory-funded awards for five researchers to map transformative design ecosystems in the UK. 

The aim of the scheme is to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of production systems that support environmental sustainability, circular economies and waste reduction – a process that is key to achieving UK and global net zero targets.

Working on and from different regions across the UK, the five ecosystem fellows are identifying and analysing clusters of design and manufacturing across different industries, including textiles, healthcare and construction.

The Fellows were selected via open call in May 2022. The research period runs until February 2023, at which point their findings will be published through a series of digital dashboards, built in collaboration with Beyond Words Studio

2022-2023 Fellows

Anna Alessi

Dr Anna Alessi is Project and Communications Manager at the Biorenewables Development Centre in York

Material Cultures

Material Cultures are a not-for-profit organisation which brings together design, research and action towards a post carbon built environment

Jane Scott

Dr Jane Scott is a Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT) at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

Enes Unal

Dr Enes Unal is a Lecturer in Circular Economy and Innovation at Cranfield University, Centre for Competitive Creative Design