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

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

Event3 years, 10 months and 23 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

Taking the Artwork Home: Project Update

Taking the Artwork Home: Project Update

Tough Decisions!

The project team are currently faced with the difficult task of selecting a cross-section of artworks from the Peter Scott Gallery in Lancaster for the prototype app. ...Read full update

Learning to Practice: Nurturing Client Business in Design Education (co-authored with Jonathan Baldwin, DJCAD)

OutcomeJournal Paper

Murphy, E., Baldwin, J., (2012) Learning to Practice: Nurturing Client Business in Design Education, Design Management Review Volume 23, Issue 4, p90–103 The past is another country. ...More information

Taking the Artwork Home: Project Update

Taking the Artwork Home: Project Update

Tough Decisions!

The project team are currently faced with the difficult task of selecting a cross-section of artworks from the Peter Scott Gallery in Lancaster for the prototype app. ...Read full update

The future of UK design rights - priorities for a reformed framework

Event4 years, 11 months and 1 day ago
The future of UK design rights - priorities for a reformed framework

23rd of October 2012, Westminster

Keynote speech at Westminster Business Forum and Westminster Legal Policy Forum 23rd October

Dr. Emma Murphy has been invited to give a keynote presentation at the forthcoming Westminster Business and Westminster Legal Policy Forum. Emma,...Read full update

Class of 2012

Class of 2012

MA Design Management and MA Sustainability, Innovation and Design students

On the day of their final project presentations, the 2012 class is photographed outside the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) Building with their Major Research Project tutors Emma Murphy, Daniela...Read full update

Brief Encounter Workshop

Brief Encounter Workshop

Academics from around the UK and Europe attend a workshop with industry representatives to explore the possibilities to make distributed and digitally augmented design more effective and fun.

This one day workshop brought together academics for a wide range of institutions including Cambridge...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster consults with the Arts

ImaginationLancaster consults with the Arts

Workshop explores concept of Lancaster Arts City

On 17th January 2012, 28 participants gathered at the Storey Creative Industries Institute in Lancaster for a one-day workshop devised, operated and facilitated by ImaginationLancaster. The purpose of the workshop was to generate ideas and...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.