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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.


Understanding Design Interventions in Democratic Innovation: a Toolkit Approach

OutcomeJournal Paper

The relationship between society and design is in a period of transition. We are observing a move from the ‘object’ to ‘service’, and from problem solving, to problem finding, to design strategy. In this paper we explore how a ‘toolkit approach’ allows us to both contribute to democratic innovation...More information

Create Workshop

Event7 years, 4 months and 2 days ago
Create Workshop

26th of January 2010

In Create we explored the requirements and characteristics for creativity to grow and flourish.

Applying cutting edge research in creativity and design we determined that almost by definition that anyone involved in business will be creative and have the...Read full update

Connect Workshop

Event7 years, 4 months and 9 days ago
Connect Workshop

19th of January 2010

This workshop has looked at Social Networks and how value can be created through them by providing simple and hands-on tools to benefit from your contacts. Networks are, in fact, an important means through which companies can access knowledge and resources to...Read full update

Clinicians as service designers? Reflections on current transformation in the UK health services

OutcomeConference Paper

The British National Health Service (NHS) has been involved in profound transformation tokeep pace with, and shape, changes in our society. Innovation has been driven by thenecessity to transform old hierarchical and paternalistic models into a modern health system,moving care closer to home,...More information

Foresight report on Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing is out!

Event8 years, 4 months and 23 days ago

5th of January 2009, London, England

UK Government report outlines how to achieve the best possible mental development and mental wellbeing for everyone

The UK Government Office for Science (now the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills) launched their latest...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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