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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.


The NET approach: Social Networking in Action and a Design Cognitive Tool

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Objectives: This paper addresses social network theory from the perspective of design research to propose a new conceptual approach to understanding and developing social networks. These ideas are embodied in a new strategic tool to help companies appreciate and proactively develop and exploit their...More information

FISCAR Conference 2010 Paper

Cruickshank, L., 2010. Walking the Highwire – New Modes of Interaction Between Academic Design Research and Business Engagement in UK. In FISCAR conference Helsinki, May 2010. Helsinki.

This paper describes two co-ordinated initiatives to allow business engagement (working with business on...Read full update

Follow-On Support

Event7 years, 1 month and 14 days ago
Follow-On Support

11th of April 2010

We delivered a bespoke session on efficient network management for one high-tech company. ...Read full update

Presentation @ ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

Herfurth, L., 2010. Experiencing Nets, presented at ESRC Festival of Social Science: Entrepreneurial networks: Impact and business growth, 12-21 March 2010, Lancaster University. ...Read full update

Innovation '09 Conference Paper

Cruickshank, L., Mather, A. & Evans, M., 2009. Applied Imagination - Designing Innovative Knowledge Transfer Approaches. In Innovation 09: Innovation through Knowledge Transfer (Conference). Institute of Knowledge Transfer. Available at: internal-pdf://DesigningKT.pdf.

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'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 @LancasterUni: Before we start fat shaming, let’s take a look at urban design, argues Emmanuel Tsekleves @_Design4Change https://t.co/V…

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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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RT @_Design4Change: Preparing for my @TEDx talk this Saturday on #playfulness and healthy behaviours @ImaginationLanc @LICAatLancaster @C4

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RT @adriangradinar: Come see the Edwardian project and the Physical Social Network in Bowland North, Seminar Room 13! @LancasterUni @Imagin

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