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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.


Connect Workshop

Event7 years, 6 months and 29 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, 7 months and 12 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

ISBE 2009 Conference Paper

Mather, A., Howells, J. & Cruickshank, L., 2009. IDEAS a knowledge platform for innovation competitive performance and economic development working paper.doc. In ISBE 2009. Liverpool.

Objectives The purpose of this case study is to explore and review the collaborative processes and outcomes...Read full update

Designing cultures: post-disciplinary Practices

OutcomeConference Paper

Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach influenced by a sociological perspective this paper assesses the implications of a post-disciplinary approach to design and how this is inflected in new cultures of design. This is supported by an examination of the role of design culture and the emergence of...More information

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