Dr Emma Murphy

Murphy
Past Staff Member
Lecturer, January 1970 to January 1970
Design Management, Research Methodology & Methods, Branding (Organisational, Place and Services), Design Thinking, Design Procurement, Briefing Process, Design and Business.

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

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

ServDes.2014 conference programme now available

ServDes.2014 conference programme now available

The programme is now available for the ServDes.2014 conference in April

The ServDes team have been busy finalising the conference programme and have now made available the wonderful programme of events, speakers and workshops. It outlines, invited guest speakers to enrich the event, supported...Read full update

ServDes 2014 papers selected

ServDes 2014 papers selected

The final selection of papers for ServDes 2014 is now complete!

After reading all 182 reviews, the conference team have finally selected the papers for ServDes2014. Overall, we accepted 34 long papers, 15 short papers and 11 workshop proposals. The team were highly impressed with the overall...Read full update

Initial User Experience Testing for Mobile Augmented Reality App

Initial User Experience Testing for Mobile Augmented Reality App

Today we tested the current version of the app with some of the volunteers from Live at LICA to ascertain how usable and understandable it was. The test was successful in that we got useful suggestions for improvements to guide users understanding on first use but everyone found that once...Read full update

Emma Murphy talks research with Create Hub

Emma Murphy talks research with Create Hub

Interview with Samuel Fry about the Taking the Artwork Home project.

Dr Emma Murphy was asked to give a short interview with Create Hub, a publication that seeks to explore innovations and collaborations between art and technology. They were particularly interested in the collaborative...Read full update

Design School: Undisciplined and Irresponsible

Design School: Undisciplined and Irresponsible

A guest lecture by Professor Paul Rodgers and Professor Craig Bremner

We were delighted to host a guest lecture by Professor Paul Rodgers of Northumbria University and Professor Craig Bremner of Charles Sturt University. After hearing Paul and Craig present a new charter for design education...Read full update

ServDes 2014 papers selected

ServDes 2014 papers selected

The final selection of papers for ServDes 2014 is now complete!

After reading all 182 reviews, the conference team have finally selected the papers for ServDes2014. Overall, we accepted 34 long papers, 15 short papers and 11 workshop proposals. The team were highly impressed with the overall...Read full update

Initial User Experience Testing for Mobile Augmented Reality App

Initial User Experience Testing for Mobile Augmented Reality App

Today we tested the current version of the app with some of the volunteers from Live at LICA to ascertain how usable and understandable it was. The test was successful in that we got useful suggestions for improvements to guide users understanding on first use but everyone found that once...Read full update

Emma Murphy talks research with Create Hub

Emma Murphy talks research with Create Hub

Interview with Samuel Fry about the Taking the Artwork Home project.

Dr Emma Murphy was asked to give a short interview with Create Hub, a publication that seeks to explore innovations and collaborations between art and technology. They were particularly interested in the collaborative...Read full update

Design School: Undisciplined and Irresponsible

Design School: Undisciplined and Irresponsible

A guest lecture by Professor Paul Rodgers and Professor Craig Bremner

We were delighted to host a guest lecture by Professor Paul Rodgers of Northumbria University and Professor Craig Bremner of Charles Sturt University. After hearing Paul and Craig present a new charter for design education...Read full update

Helsinki Masterclass: Engendering Empathy in Design Procurement

Helsinki Masterclass: Engendering Empathy in Design Procurement

In collaboration with Jussi Sorsimo, Culminatum Innovation

Emma Murphy of ImaginationLancaster and Jussi Sorsimo of Culminatum Innovation have been working together on building prototypes and landscapes of design procurement. Together, they ran a Masterclass with the City of Helsinki on what...Read full update

New Appointment to Imagination

New Appointment to Imagination

Imagination are pleased to appoint Pam Hearne as Senior Conference Administrator to the ServDes 2014 Conference team.

Pam Hearne will be working with the ServDes conference team in the planning, preparation and running of the forthcoming international conference on Service Design, April 2014....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

You can find a list of Emma Murphy's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.