Gemma Coupe

Coupe
Design Manager, Leapfrog
g [dot] coupe1 [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

As Design Manager for Leapfrog I build relationships with partners to identify opportunities for innovative co-design projects that aim to transform their consultation processes. I work closely with our partners at the Glasgow School of Art and undertake regular working trips to the Highlands.

Before joining ImaginationLancaster I was with Creative Lancashire for over 5 years, Lancashire’s business led support service for creative businesses. During this we delivered Blaze an ambitious 3 year youth led Cultural Olympiad project where young people took the lead in decision making. Seeing the impact this had on their confidence and skills I realised that developing innovative user led approaches to the design of projects or services was where were my interests lay.

In 2012 I became Design Manager for the PROUD project at ImaginationLancaster. The tools and approaches we developed through PROUD to make public consultations more effective and creative transformed the council’s approach to consultation and engagement. This became the starting point for the development of Leapfrog.

Updates and Outcomes

Leapfrog Young People's Co-Design Residential

Leapfrog Young People's Co-Design Residential

Dee Hennessy blogs about the recent two-day Leapfrog young people's co-design residential

The two-day Leapfrog young people’s co-design residential took place in LICA last weekend and it was quite a thing – really quite a thing. ...Read full update

Imagine Iriss

Imagine Iriss

This week, Fiona, Gayle, Lisa, Rhi­ann and Rikke from Iriss, The Insti­tute for Research and Inno­va­tion in Social Ser­vices, a char­ity that bridges prac­tise, pol­icy and research based in Glas­gow vis­ited the Leapfrog team at...Read full update

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

A critical part of Leapfrog’s first major research project is the phase where we will facilitate a co-design process with young people aged 13-17. To prepare for this we met with Leapfrog Advisory Board member Emma Barrett. Emma leads Silk Innovation Lab, a small team based within Kent County...Read full update

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project for Leapfrog has been produced.

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project has been...Read full update

The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter, Gemma Coupe
The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Tings were tribal gatherings in ancient Scandinavia and Scotland where tribes came together and facilitated by the chief discussed the key issues of the day. This notion of coming together and engaging as a group is being resurrected by a team exploring new forms of democratic renewal in the Scottish Government. ...Read full article

Engaging Communities for Early Career Academics

Engaging Communities for Early Career Academics

IDEAS for Impact ran a session to help early career academics engage with communities outside Lancaster University as part of OED's training programme.

IDEAS for Impact ran a third training session on engaging with communities for early career academics, which was part of a programme of...Read full update

Leapfrog Young People's Co-Design Residential

Leapfrog Young People's Co-Design Residential

Dee Hennessy blogs about the recent two-day Leapfrog young people's co-design residential

The two-day Leapfrog young people’s co-design residential took place in LICA last weekend and it was quite a thing – really quite a thing. ...Read full update

Imagine Iriss

Imagine Iriss

This week, Fiona, Gayle, Lisa, Rhi­ann and Rikke from Iriss, The Insti­tute for Research and Inno­va­tion in Social Ser­vices, a char­ity that bridges prac­tise, pol­icy and research based in Glas­gow vis­ited the Leapfrog team at...Read full update

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

A critical part of Leapfrog’s first major research project is the phase where we will facilitate a co-design process with young people aged 13-17. To prepare for this we met with Leapfrog Advisory Board member Emma Barrett. Emma leads Silk Innovation Lab, a small team based within Kent County...Read full update

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project for Leapfrog has been produced.

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project has been...Read full update

Engaging Communities for Early Career Academics

Engaging Communities for Early Career Academics

IDEAS for Impact ran a session to help early career academics engage with communities outside Lancaster University as part of OED's training programme.

IDEAS for Impact ran a third training session on engaging with communities for early career academics, which was part of a programme of...Read full update

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

There seems to be an emerging case that some challenges of engaging with young people are universal, across all types of engagement, from one-to-one working up to national policy. As unlikely as this seems our tentative analysis of our first activity exploring public sector engagement with young...Read full update

City Park Strategic Workshop

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
City Park Strategic Workshop

Dee Hennessy facilitated this workshop as part of her activites on the Proud project. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the contrasting, overlapping strategic goals of policy makers and opinion shapers in Lancaster for areas such as transport, culture and heritage, environment and community engagement and how the City Park project could advance the strategic aims of the sectors to make a positive contribution to the economic, cultural...Read full article

PROUD – Urban Culture in Helsinki

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
PROUD – Urban Culture in Helsinki

Our regular Proud project meetings led us recently to Helsinki (World Design Capital). Helsinki is always a great place to be, but with the world Design Capital preparations and the large CUMULUS conference, it was especially vibrant. One of the activates laid on for us by the City Council (our Proud partner hosts) was a series of themed visits across the city. One of the highlights of this was a tour of activities looking at Urban...Read full article

Playing with the Proud Identity

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Playing with the Proud Identity

As the project continues, our design and branding agency, under the direction of the Capital D, our lead partners have instructed us to take the basic form of the PROUD logo and play with it. This is quite refreshing and also a neat way of sidestepping the endless quest for perfection from the 15 or so designers that are part of the Proud project team across the NW of Europe. Here are some of the different versions so far but I suspect time at...Read full article

Region27 Co-Design for Public Policy

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Region27 Co-Design for Public Policy

One of the great things about the PROUD project is meeting and working with really interesting and innovative people across Europe. Stephan Vincent fits squarely into this description. He leads the company Region 27 (http://la27eregion.fr) is based in Paris and is focused on working with the 26 regional governments in France (hence the name Region 27). ...Read full article

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

Key Projects

PROUDPROUD PROUD Working with designers, businesses, academics and the public to promote innovation through new types of ...
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...