Dr Emma Murphy

Murphy
Lecturer
Design Management, Research Methodology & Methods, Branding (Organisational, Place and Services), Design Thinking, Design Procurement, Briefing Process, Design and Business.
emma [dot] murphy [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Emma Murphy is a Lecturer in Design Management at Lancaster University. Her research interests include the development of expertise in design, the manifestation of place, service and organisational brands, place making, design thinking and methodology, and the project briefing process. Her work in the field of design briefing has major implications for practitioners, researchers and the design curriculum. She has presented her work at international conferences including the European Academy of Design and has had her work published in the Design Journal. Since 2006, Emma has also been a committee member of the European Academy of Design.

Emma previously led the marketing and research workstream for cross-disciplinary design consultancy Graven Images, whose clients include the BBC, Radisson and Missoni Hotels, Standard Life, North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership, and Volkswagen. Her role encapsulated business, client and staff development, research, tool creation to support the design process, client liaison and project bidding.

Her broad connections with the creative industries, academia, and the corporate and public sectors position her effectively to connect people and opportunities, and her passion for the creative industries make her a real advocate of design and its role in creating value strategically, economically and culturally. She is passionate about collaboration, and has worked with the British Design Initiative to explore routes for better engagement between industry and academia. 

Emma's doctoral research explored the development of expertise in design, focusing on how designers build client business-awareness. Coupled with her experience in industry and education, Emma is passionate about helping new designers understand the strategic value of design, and succeed in business. She has developed a series of tools aimed at the development of designers to work at today's strategic level, and teaching materials for the design curriculum.

Emma is also a Visiting Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and has worked with Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) on research projects to benefit design education. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. 

Updates and Outcomes

Designing a New Design PhD?

OutcomeConference Paper
Designing a New Design PhD?

By Dr. Emma Murphy and Dr. Naomi Jacobs ...More information

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Design Management Institute Workshop, by Dr Emma Murphy and Dr Naomi Jacobs

At the recent Design Management Institute Conference in London, Emma Murphy and Naomi Jacobs ran a workshop which explored future models of executive education for designers and design managers. We welcomed 38...Read full update

Augmented Reality Art

Augmented Reality Art

Using augmented reality to curate your own art exhibitions

The application we have designed for the NESTA R&D fund project is now live on the Google App store and will work across a range of devices. The app uses Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) to allow people to digitally curate their own...Read full update

ServDes 2014 has now started!

ServDes 2014 has now started!

Welcome everybody to ServDes 2014; the conference is now officially ‘open’...

Day 1: ServDes 2014 has now started! ServDes 2014, the Service Design and Innovation conference is the premier research conference for exchanging knowledge within Service Design and Service Innovation studies. Born...Read full update

ServDes 2014 is filling up fast

Event6 months and 18 days ago
ServDes 2014 is filling up fast

9th of April 2014, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University

Due to high demand, places are filling up fast for the ServDes 2014 conference. Book now to guarantee entry.

ServDes is the premier conference on service design and service innovation. Places for the 3 day...Read full update

'Early-Bird' Registrations soon to end for ServDes2014..'

'Early-Bird' Registrations soon to end for ServDes2014..'

Last few days of eligibility for 'Early-Bird' registrations available. The deadline to obtain discounted prices for ServDes 2014 ends on 25 February 2014.

ServDes2014 explores how Service Design is contributing to ‘Service Futures’ and how it is developing as a field of research and practice....Read full update

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Design Management Institute Workshop, by Dr Emma Murphy and Dr Naomi Jacobs

At the recent Design Management Institute Conference in London, Emma Murphy and Naomi Jacobs ran a workshop which explored future models of executive education for designers and design managers. We welcomed 38...Read full update

Augmented Reality Art

Augmented Reality Art

Using augmented reality to curate your own art exhibitions

The application we have designed for the NESTA R&D fund project is now live on the Google App store and will work across a range of devices. The app uses Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) to allow people to digitally curate their own...Read full update

ServDes 2014 has now started!

ServDes 2014 has now started!

Welcome everybody to ServDes 2014; the conference is now officially ‘open’...

Day 1: ServDes 2014 has now started! ServDes 2014, the Service Design and Innovation conference is the premier research conference for exchanging knowledge within Service Design and Service Innovation studies. Born...Read full update

ServDes 2014 is filling up fast

Event6 months and 18 days ago
ServDes 2014 is filling up fast

9th of April 2014, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University

Due to high demand, places are filling up fast for the ServDes 2014 conference. Book now to guarantee entry.

ServDes is the premier conference on service design and service innovation. Places for the 3 day...Read full update

'Early-Bird' Registrations soon to end for ServDes2014..'

'Early-Bird' Registrations soon to end for ServDes2014..'

Last few days of eligibility for 'Early-Bird' registrations available. The deadline to obtain discounted prices for ServDes 2014 ends on 25 February 2014.

ServDes2014 explores how Service Design is contributing to ‘Service Futures’ and how it is developing as a field of research and practice....Read full update

ImaginationLancaster are looking for a Research Associate

Prof. Rachel Cooper and Dr Emma Murphy are looking to recruit a Research Associate for their project "The Value of Design: A Study of the Role of Design in Innovation".

The project aims to identify the specific conditions (e.g. leadership, culture, briefing processes, design rights) under...Read full update

Mobile Augmented Reality in the Cloud

Articleby Paul Coulton, Emma Murphy
Mobile Augmented Reality in the Cloud

Our Digital R&D Fund for the Arts project 'Taking the Artwork Home' is exploring how digital technologies can facilitate engagement with the arts and unveil new curatorial strategies. After further development and testing, we have just launched the second prototype of the mobile augmented reality application. In much of this development period we have been ensuring that the application will work across a wide range of phones and...Read full article

Book Chapters

Conceptualising design and the UK design industry. / Murphy, Emma ; Evans, Martyn ; Sissons, Andrew ; Montgomery, Lucy; Thomson , Spencer.

UK Design as a Global Industry: International Trade and Intellectual Property. London, UK : Intellectual Property Office, 2012.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

Journal Articles

Game design in an Internet of Things. / Coulton, Paul ; Burnett, Dan ; Gradinar, Adrian ; Gullick, David ; Murphy, Emma .

In: Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association (ToDIGRA) , 2014.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Learning to Practice : Nurturing Client Business in Design Education. / Murphy, Emma ; Baldwin, Jonathan.

In: Design Management Review , Vol. 23, No. 4, 12.2012, p. 90-103.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Wisdom of the crowd : how participatory design has evolved design briefing. / Murphy, Emma ; Hands, David .

In: Swedish Design Research Journal , Vol. 2, No. 12, 30.11.2012, p. 28-37.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Transfer or emergence: strategies for building design knowledge through knowledge transfer partnerships. / Inns, Tom; Baxter, Seaton ; Murphy, Emma .

In: The Design Journal , Vol. 9, No. 3, 11.2006, p. 34-44.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Conference Contributions

Designing Mobile Augmented Reality interfaces for locative games and playful experiences. / Burnett, Dan ; Coulton, Paul ; Murphy, Emma ; Race, Nicholas .

Proceedings of Digital Games Research Conference 2014. Digital Games Research Association - DiGRA, 2014.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Paper

Strictly ballroom or dancing in the moment? : methods for enhancing the partnership of design and business. / Murphy, Emma ; Press, Mike.

2007.

Research output : Contribution to conference Conference paper

Conference Presentations / Keynotes

Design Rights & IP: Emerging Challenges. / Murphy, Emma .

2012. Westminster Business Forum: The future of UK design rights - priorities for a reformed framework, London, United Kingdom.

Research output : Contribution to conference Speech

Cross-disciplinary research : hot-footing across boundaries. / Murphy, Emma .

2007.

Research output : Contribution to conference Speech

Theses

Learning to practice: a case study in dynamic learning at the interface of design and business. / Murphy, Emma .

Dundee : University of Dundee, 2010. 406 p.

Research output : Thesis Doctoral Thesis

Software / Digital / Web

Coulton, Paul (Artist); Murphy, Emma (Artist); Smith, Richard (Artist) ; Copic Pucihar, Klen (Artist). 2014. Taking the artwork home app .

Research output : Non-textual form Digital or Visual Products

Reports

Redesigning Design Rights : APDIG Term Paper Nov 12 - Design and IP. / Murphy, Emma ; Sissons, Andrew ; Dawton, Deborah.

Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, 2012. 6 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Commissioned report

Turning propositions into profit through collaboration, not competition. / Murphy, Emma ; Derksen, Uwe; Horn, Maxine; Desbarats, Gus ; Gray, Phil.

London : British Design Innovation, 2010. 16 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Commissioned report

Health and happiness in the workplace. / Murphy, Emma ; Garcia, Soledad.

Edinburgh : Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, 2007. 98 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Commissioned report