Current and recent research projects Through a series of projects including LENSES, we developed a set of design tools for the ideation of sustainable product-service systems for energy access in low-income rural areas (funded by EU and EPSRC). In the LeNSin project we are exploring how the distributed manufacturing paradigm can provide opportunities to support the implementation of sustainable product-service systems (funded by EU). Design with Intent is a design tool aimed particularly at socially and environmentally beneficial behaviour change. In the City Visionaries project we are working with Brazilian NGOs to empower youngsters living in favelas with social entrepreneurship and co-design skills (funded by British Council). The Powerweave project delivered a fundamentally new approach to the development of smart textiles, namely the integration of active energy harvesting and storage fibres within woven structure (funded by EU). The EMPOWER project focused on user centred design for energy efficiency in commercial buildings (funded by EPSRC). The Octopus project developed a soft-bodied robot inspired by the morphology and behaviour of the octopus (funded by EU). The MoveAid project aims to produce custom orthotics through 3D printing and bridges additive manufacturing with digital design and biomimetics (funded by EU). The Prototyping Open Innovation Models for Manufacturing in Food and Packaging project (funded by EPSRC) aims to design and develop a new crowd sourced food and package design and innovation platform comprised of a suite of ICT tools for state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and implementing "customers in the loop" co-creation.