Laura Wareing

Wareing
Past Staff Member
Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, April 2012 to September 2017
Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design

Laura Wareing (Morris) is the Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, where she leads the co-design of tools, which takes place in co-design workshops with different groups of people, including young people and public sector professionals.  Laura led the development of tools for young people and the Inspirer newspaper, which won a British Youth Council award for innovation.

Laura joined Imagination as a Graphic Designer for the New IDEAS project, a project that created innovative knowledge exchange toolkits, used independently by academic, creative industries and stakeholders.  Laura designed the Hexagon Cards, which have been widely used inside the university and across the world.

Laura’s creative background includes a degree in Industrial Design and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, both from Northumbria University.  She also has varied commercial experience, including product design for a leading baby product brand, concept design for Philips Innovation and has built and marketed the brand for a new brewery. Laura has won an RSA Design Directions award for sustainable future concepts.

Particular interests for Laura include; co-design, design for the public sector, service design, branding, marketing and the role of design in business.

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Updates and Outcomes

IDEAS for Impact Hosts First Tweetup

Event3 years, 11 months and 9 days ago
IDEAS for Impact Hosts First Tweetup

9th of July 2014, ImaginationLab, LICA Building

Focusing on ‘Interesting Group Collaborations’

The IDEAS for Impact is inviting the project’s email subscribers and followers to a Tweetup event, which will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet face-to-face to talk about...Read full update

New Meeting Agenda Planning Tool

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
New Meeting Agenda Planning Tool

The IDEAS for Impact project has produced a new digital tool to help plan and structure meetings, which is available to download for free via this webpage.    The tool is a PDF pro-forma that provides a structure to use for adding and planning the flow of the topics to be covered during a...More information

Support Available for Collaborative Research Projects

Support Available for Collaborative Research Projects

The IDEAS for Impact project has time and funding to support collaborative research projects at Lancaster University.

The IDEAS for Impact team is offering a week’s worth of their expertise in knowledge exchange and interaction design to research based projects based in any of the faculties...Read full update

Launch: Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

OutcomeWeb publication/site
Launch: Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

The IDEAS for Impact project have launched a new free online resource to help Lancaster academics collaborate and initiate high impact research.  Our approach in IDEAS for Impact involves the design of tools that help facilitate impactful research through collaboration. Just like ordinary...More information

Imagination launches a new project to support excellent, high impact research across Lancaster University

Imagination launches a new project to support excellent, high impact research across Lancaster University

Ideas for Impact is a Lancaster University project to support academics across the University in conducting excellent research with significance to the outside world. We are especially interested in helping newly appointed academics to develop high impact research.

The Lancaster University...Read full update

Action Points Tool Download

Action Points Tool Download

The Meeting Action Points Tool is available to download and customise.

The Action Points Tool created by the New IDEAS project is a  simple but effective tool for addressing action points in meetings. The tool enables participants in a meeting to go over action points from the last...Read full update

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Many photographs were taken during The Knowledge Exchange Conference.  The best photographs are now available to view on Flickr. ...Read full update

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

As part of The Knowledge Exchange conference a New IDEAS digital tool was created to capture a starting point for the conference.

In the first 30 minutes of the conference the tool, deployed on Apple iPads, captured responses from all 80 attendees at the conference. The tool then facilitated...Read full update

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Paper Exchange and Discussions

Dee Hennessey reflects on the way in which she developed and facilitated a unique and interactive way for the authors to present their conference papers.

My conference session was designed to focus on the academic papers that had been submitted, generate the drivers of the afternoon...Read full update

Coffee House Discussions

Coffee House Discussions

Using coffee houses in The Knowledge Exchange Conference as a comfortable location for group discussion around selected themes.

Throughout the Paper Exchange Session the delegates were encouraged to record what they believed that the conference should be focusing on based on their...Read full update

Communication and KE Tools at The Knowledge Exchange Conference

Communication and KE Tools at The Knowledge Exchange Conference

Useful, well-designed communication and tools played an important role in the interactions taking place at the Knowledge Exchange conference.

These communication and knowledge exchange tools included guidebooks, bright yellow laser cut signage, CX branded helium filled balloons at each coffee...Read full update

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

Evening Panel Event at The Knowledge Exchange

The final event on the Thursday of The Knowledge Exhange conference was a panel session held at the Storey Institute in Lancaster.

After enjoying some tasty cheese and a glass of fizz, the participants were invited to hear the four heads of the AHRC KE Hubs give provocations emerging from...Read full update

Leapfrog Librarians

Articleby Debbie Stubbs, Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter
Leapfrog Librarians

My first conference trip to Manchester Cilip 2017 with the Leapfrog team was an exciting start for future dissemination events. ...Read full article

Open innovation: Working Together

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Laura Wareing
Open innovation: Working Together

As part of the Optex project with the Swedish research Institute Innventia Leon Cruickshank travelled to Stockholm to give a keynote presentation on the benefits (and perils) of Open Innovation. This presentation demonstrated how the academic literature on open innovation, democratized innovation and lead users can inform new product and service development. ...Read full article

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

Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing
Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

IDEAS for Impact ran a workshop to offer strategic and practical support for academics from across Lancaster University interested in developing more impactful research. ...Read full article

Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters, Laura Wareing
Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Working in close collaboration with the Creativite Team in the Scotish Goverment, Imagination ran a workshop to explore some possibilities of creative evaluation. With a group of experts in engagement, facilitation and consultation, Imagination presented 2 draft prototype tools for discussion and critique. The first of these was aimed directly at faciliators. ...Read full article

PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe, Laura Wareing
PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

One of the joys of academia is that you get to collaborate with great people that you really like. This is certianly the case with the PROUD project. The flip side of this is that you offten meet up with these great people in meetings, endless meetings. For big EU funded projects like PROUD these can take over 2 days and after that much time with 15 people or so sat around a table its pretty easy to loose the will to live. ...Read full article

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

Key Projects

Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by designLeapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and ...
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics undertake high impact, excellent research.
New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
OpTexOpTex OpTex Open innovation for textile-like materials made on a paper machine.