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

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

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

Buying Design: Where are we Now?

OutcomeWhite Paper

This term paper, written in collaboration with the Cabinet Office procurement team and the Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, presents an update of what's what in design procurement.   Contributing authors are: Sally Collier, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for...More information

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

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...Read full update

ServDes2014 Blueprinting

Event4 years, 3 months and 18 days ago
ServDes2014 Blueprinting

5th of August 2013

ServDes2014 conference is approaching and more detailed planning is happening!

We have started to create a blueprint of the conference preparation and development from now on to the event. We have created a blueprint that we are going to update and develop...Read full update

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...Read full update

ServDes2014 Blueprinting

Event4 years, 3 months and 18 days ago
ServDes2014 Blueprinting

5th of August 2013

ServDes2014 conference is approaching and more detailed planning is happening!

We have started to create a blueprint of the conference preparation and development from now on to the event. We have created a blueprint that we are going to update and develop...Read full update

ServDes2014 key note speakers

ServDes2014 has its two key note speakers: Prof. Pelle Ehn (Malmö University) and Dominic Cambpell (Futuregov)

Pelle Ehn, is professor at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden. ...Read full update

Vacancy: Design Visualiser

Vacancy: Design Visualiser

ImaginationLancaster are looking for a Design Visualiser to join our team! Closing date: 8 September 2013.

Applications are invited for a talented individual to the post of Design Visualiser. You will be responsible for the communication of our research activities across a range of...Read full update

ServDes.2014 - Call for Paper

Event4 years and 21 days ago
ServDes.2014 - Call for Paper

31st of October 2013, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University

Call for Papers: wide range of contributions accepted; these include - Full length research papers; short papers; workshop proposals. All submissions are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review...Read full update

Taking the Artwork Home: App Update

Taking the Artwork Home: App Update

Augmented Reality Prototype Demo Ready!

Our very own Paul Coulton and Klen Copic Pucihar from m-ventions have been working tirelessly in the Imagination Lab to put together the very first demo prototype of our MAR app. This has been developed for our visit to our co-funders NESTA tomorrow. To...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.