The second PhD By Design satellite session took place on Monday the 27th June 2016 as part of the Design Research Society (DRS) conference which ran from the 28th - 30th June 2016.

It was an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design. In connection to the DRS conference, this one day event explored what the future holds for design research and how this future is being enacted through practice-based PhD design projects right now.


Local Organising team

Alessandro Esculapio

Alessandro is a writer and PhD candidate at University of Brighton. His research examines fashion practices that reframe fashion objects as sites of personal memory. The aim of the study is to expose deeper social purposes that are overlooked within dominant consumerist narratives in fashion. Before undertaking his doctoral research, Alessandro obtained an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. There, he worked as Teaching Assistant at both undergraduate and graduate levels and co-founded BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice. He has contributed to Vestoj and the Journal of Design Strategies among others, and co-authored the books Just Fashion: Critical Cases of Social Justice In Fashion (2012) and The Fashion Condition (2014).

Twitter: @thealessandroe


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Giovanni is a doctoral researcher at the University of Brighton, School of Arts and Humanities, since 2015. He is also member of the University’s Critical Studies Research Group and his practice-led research is AHRC funded through the Design Star CDT Consortium. Having completed an MA in Design at London’s Central Saint Martins, Giovanni’s current work is concerned with design intended as a critical practice, with a particular emphasis on its political and philosophical dimension. His doctoral research revolves around the nature and ethical implications of persons-artefacts encounters in the context of quotidian activity. The study ultimately seeks to propose design objects as performative tactics for the enactment of an alternative practice of the everyday.

Twitter: @giomarmont

Email: G.Marmont (at)


Lilian is a designer and Doctoral researcher at University of Brighton, School of Arts and Humanities. Her practise-based PhD explores the discourse of design as a mode of contemporary practise, with particular attention to the articulation of design research and practice within ‘social design’. The practice-led elements of the research, will investigate the genealogy of design methodologies within a political and economical context, for the enhancement of public services, and policy design. Previous to her studies at University of Brighton, Lilian completed a master’s degree in Design History and Theory, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Her work in design includes, collaboration with the Institute for the Development of Crafts, in conjunction with local communities in the north of Mexico, for the promotion of traditional crafts in the region.

Twitter: @LilianSMoreno 

Email: L.Sanchez-Moreno2 (at)


Merryn is a designer and PhD researcher at University of Brighton. Her practice based research is an industry led, AHRC funded collaboration between University of Brighton and Philips Lighting. The main focus of the project is to explore the integration of Emotionally Durable Design, Service Innovation and Circular Economy thinking into the new product development process of consumer lighting with this study building upon the foundation research carried out by Philips, TU Delft and Jonathan Chapman. This work draws from her previous experience as a graphic designer within innovation consulting, her time as a product and furniture designer/maker but also her Masters in Design and Innovation for Sustainability from Cranfield University, where she managed and completed other industry focused projects in product development with Oxfam GB and Whirlpool LAR.

Twitter: @mezhgcom 

Email: m.haines-gadd1 (at)



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