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An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.

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Numbers that Matter: Developing a methodology to explore collective wellbeing in the digital public space

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Numbers that Matter: Developing a methodology to explore collective wellbeing in the digital public space

This paper discusses ideas of digital public spaces as a framework for making sense of an experience of collaborating in Numbers That Matter, a short cross-sector engagement design project that explored open data, wellbeing and wearables devices. ...More information

How sharing can contribute to more sustainable cities

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How sharing can contribute to more sustainable cities

Recently, much of the literature on sharing in cities has focused on the sharing economy, in which people use online platforms to share underutilized assets in the marketplace. This view of sharing is too narrow for cities, as it neglects the myriad of ways, reasons, and scales in which citizens...More information

Living by Industry - East European Futures

Living by Industry - East European Futures

Professor Nick Dunn invited to co-curate an exhibition of speculative designs for the post-industrial landscapes

The exhibition Living by Industry, has been curated by Professor Paul Jones (Northumbria University) and Professor Nick Dunn (Lancaster University). ...Read full update

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

How can we understand. describe and evidence the value collaborative Design Research brings to the world?

Deadline for 1000-1500 outlines: 30th June 2017 ...Read full update

Revisiting the Young Designers to tell them about their Amazing Tools

Revisiting the Young Designers to tell them about their Amazing Tools

It’s been just over a year since Leapfrog has visited Child Action Northwest to spend time with the young co-​designers we worked with for the Working with Young People project.

A lot has happened since we last saw them and we wanted to show them the impact the tools they designed have made...Read full update

'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

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'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

7th of June 2017, LICA Building, Imagination Lab (A36 – ground floor) at Lancaster University

Centre for Ageing Research Seminar

We are delighted to forward information about the next C4AR seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with...Read full update

Remembering Resistance: Memories of Manchester Protests

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Remembering Resistance: Memories of Manchester Protests

17th of June 2017, Coal Store Room, People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

A one-day event to share stories about the last 50 years of protest in Manchester

Were you at the rally in Manchester on 20 February 1988 to fight for LGBT+ rights against...Read full update

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RT @_Design4Change: Read my new article @ConversationUK Learning from zoos how our environment can influence our health https://t.co/WbX4NR…

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