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

Transfer or emergence: strategies for building design knowledge through knowledge transfer partnerships.

OutcomeJournal Paper

The business of design is clearly a knowledge-based activity. Governments have introduced a variety of mechanisms to support knowledge transfer. One approach in the UK is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, which supports collaboration between universities and businesses. This paper...More information

Murphy, E, and Garcias, S., (2007) Health and Happiness in the Workplace, RIAS, Edinburgh.

OutcomeReport

A Literature Review, Conference and Conference Report exploring the issue of health and happiness in the workplace.  ...More information

Turning Propositions into Profit through Collaboration, not Competition.

OutcomeReport

This was a paper co-authored with British Design Innovation members Uwe Derksen, Maxine Horn, Gus Desbarats and Professor Phil Gray.  In March 2009 British Design Innovation (BDI), the trade organisation for leading industrial designers, service designers and innovation professionals, published...More information

Learning to Practice: A Case Study in Dynamic Learning at the Interface of Design and Business.

OutcomeOther

This thesis presents a PhD research project into how learning takes place at the interface of design and client business in a leading-edge design consultancy. ...More information

Lancaster Arts Partnership: Arts City Report (working)

OutcomeReport

A report which documents the stakeholder engagement workshop exploring the concept of Lancaster Arts City.  ...More information

Design Value

Design Value

Final report from the AHRC study on the Value of Design in Innovation

Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation was an eighteen-month AHRC funded research project carried out in collaboration with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network Special Interest Group on Design. The...Read full update

Survey Innovation Practices

Survey Innovation Practices

Official launch of our survey – Collaboration with Innovate UK

After working several months developing and improving a survey on design, innovation practices, and R&D, the past 25th March we finally launched it with the collaboration of Innovate UK in the “Creating Smart Products From...Read full update

Leapfrog Springs into Action!

Leapfrog Springs into Action!

The £1.2 million AHRC project launches with a week long workshop and community consultation project drawing together partners from Lancashire with researches from Imagination and Glasgow School of Art.

Leapfrog is a 3 year project led by ImaginationLancaster to explore how we can develop more...Read full update

European Design Days - Brussels

European Design Days - Brussels

Understanding the network of studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”

As part of the process of review of previous literature and studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”, we attended the European Design Days the...Read full update

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Kick off meeting of our project "Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation"

The 11th July the kick off meeting of our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation” was held in the Business Design Centre in London. The attendees of the meeting were: Prof. Rachel Cooper and...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

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.