Dr Leon Cruickshank

Cruickshank
Professor of Design and Creative Exchange
Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
l [dot] cruickshank [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Leon's core interests relate to how technology can enable new relationships between users and designers and through this allow users to become more active in shaping our society, environment and media. This requires a radical change in the way we think about designers and designing.

This has led to the emergence of designing knowledge exchange as a research area. He is currently involved in 6 funded projects in this area. He is principle Investigator for the £1.2million AHRC project Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design (www.leapfrog.tools). He is also Director of Knowledge Exchange for the £4 million AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Hub and UK lead for the €4 million PROUD project looking at knowledge exchange through co-design

Blog: imaginarium42.blogspot.com

Updates and Outcomes

Research Outcomes: Presentations and Publications

Research Outcomes: Presentations and Publications

Within the IDEAS collaboration we developed new research hypothesis and questions and used engagement with companies as a component of the testing and exploration of these ideas in an action research process that proved to be very productive in pure research terms in addition to strong positive...Read full update

Lancaster University Staff Prize 2010

Event8 years, 5 months and 29 days ago
Lancaster University Staff Prize 2010

14th of June 2010, Lancaster University Management School

The IDEAS project team was presented with a Lancaster University Staff Prize by the Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington.

"The IDEAS team from LICA and the IEED won a joint prize for their collaboration with different areas...Read full update

A Celebration of Innovation

A Celebration of Innovation

This event concluded the IDEAS at Daresbury series of engagement activities. Decision makers from regional and national funding bodies were brought together to disseminate the project. ...Read full update

Report: Beyond Networking - Knowledge, Exchange and Innovation

This booklet seeks to highlight, frame and hopefully start to answer many of the issues around creativity, collaboration and growth.

This booklet has been developed following delivery of the final workshop programme Beyond Networking. Initially, it provides details of the five workshops which...Read full update

The Net approach: Social Networks in action and Design cognitive tools

The Net approach: Social Networks in action and Design cognitive tools

Presented at the EngageHEI conference in Bradford University in May 2010 this paper presents an approach that uses social network theory to shape the design of a new approach to knowledge exchange tools and documents their application with 20 high tech SMES. Keywords: Social Networks,...Read full update

Designing Company Interactions: Innovation In Knowledge Exchange

OutcomeConference Paper

The shift from industrial age large monolithic companies to a more flexible ‘post-fordist’ model has been well-documented in theory (Harvey 1989) in practice and policy makers (Sainsbury 2007, Denham 2008, Cox 2005). ...More information

My two weeks at ImaginationLancaster

 My two weeks at ImaginationLancaster

Two weeks flies by when you’re wading through a variety of literature on innovation, design, participation and every combination therein.

It’s been 4 years since I’ve had the opportunity to set aside some proper time and space to do some research in these areas and these days I have a...Read full update

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Dates are now available for the bid writing workshops - a monthly series of events to co-design workshops alternating between Lancaster University and Blackburn.

These activities grew from a new collaboration between Lancaster University (ImaginationLancaster, FHM, FST) with Blackburn College...Read full update

New team tools co-designed with libraries

New team tools co-designed with libraries

Tool sharing with Cilip: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

The Leapfrog Team set off to Manchester Cilip 2017 to share tools and stories of collaboration, and the positive impact witnessed across Lancashire Libraries because of this work. Our...Read full update

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Can Leapfrog co-design tools with the governors at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to help them synthesize information and share it.

In late July, a group of governors from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust explored and documented their thoughts on how they engage with their members...Read full update

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Leapfrog is working closely with Rebecca Addey, a Paediatric Patient Experience Officer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and her colleagues as part of the Rigorous Stories project at Lancaster.

In a very productive and interesting workshop with Becci, we worked to understand and reflect on...Read full update

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust provides health and wellbeing services such as health visiting, sexual health, and dentistry across Lancashire at over more than 400 sites. They have over 9000 members who have joined because they want to have their voice heard in an organisation that matters to...Read full update

Funding Accelerator Launch Event

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator Launch Event

On Wednesday 28th November we held a launch event in Blackburn for the second stage of the HEIF funded Funding Accellerator project. We held the event in the Victorian Gallery at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, an open and inspiring space reminding us of all the innovative ideas which blossomed in the Victorian Age.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Why Be Involved?

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator: Why Be Involved?

The Funding Accelerator Co-design for health and wealth Funding Accelerator is a HEIF funded project led by Professor Leon Cruickshank from Lancaster University.  The aim is for public, private, and third sector organisations to create projects in collaboration with Lancaster University to not only further research but also provide tangible benefits for their local community. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Take Up Space Success!

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator: Take Up Space Success!

One of our project teams - Jenna Gardner Head of Design at Blackburn College with Rebecca Johnson Arts and Heritage Manager at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery - successfully bid for funding to look at developing derilct space next to the museum into an open, multi-purpose, community area.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator Stage Two Launch Event

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank

After our short break things are moving again on the Funding Accelerator project. We've been in touch with the project partners from stage one and met up with many of them to discuss where they are on now and what support they need going forward. The feedback on the news of the continued funding has been great with everyone pleased that we are able to carry on supporting them.  Launch Event ...Read full article

Co-design for Health & Wealth Project (version 2.0)

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank

I'm excited to announce we have secured further funding for this project. This means we will be continuing to help public, private, and third sector organisations create projects in collaboration with Lancaster University to further research as well as provide tangible benefits for their local communities.  ...Read full article

Project partners presentation and design considerations

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank

Building on the knowledges gained through engagements with people aged 50+ and health professionals, a presentation of findings and design considerations was given to the Sensors for health and wellbeing project partners and other interested parties from the health, public, and 3rd sectors. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Leon Cruickshank'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 ...
CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change)CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) This £1.5 million EPSRC funded 4 year project examines the role of new technology in citizen led ...
Creative IDEASCreative IDEAS Creative IDEAS Innovative Mechanisms for Knowledge Sharing
IDEAS at DaresburyIDEAS at Daresbury IDEAS at Daresbury Collaboration for Innovation in Knowledge Exchange
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
DeEP: Design in European PolicyDeEP: Design in European Policy DeEP: Design in European Policy Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
Brief EncountersBrief Encounters Brief Encounters An AHRC Network project to explore new forms of collaborative design processes
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...