Dr Martyn Evans

Evans
Past Staff Member
Head of Department: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, August 2007 to August 2015
Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development

Martyn is Head of Department of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. His research interests explore the strategic approaches designers use to consider the future, in particular the ability of designers to envision potential social, cultural, technological and economic futures. As a trained product designer, his research activities centre on design futures, trends and forecasting on which he has presented widely.

He is currently a lead investigator for Design For Europe which will develop the European Design Innovation Platform over 3 years and aims to accelerate design-driven innovation in order to boost innovation, growth and job creation across the EU. He is also Principal Investigator for the AHRC funded (£768k) Design Routes which explores the role of design in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices in conjunction with Leeds University.

Martyn was also co-investigator upon Design 2020, an AHRC funded project looking at potential futures for the UK design industry. He has secured and supervised a number of government-funded knowledge transfer initiatives within the area of design and new product development. With extensive experience of leading undergraduate and postgraduate design curricula, Martyn is external examiner at a number of UK institutions and have acted as an academic advisor for curriculum development both nationally and internationally.

Updates and Outcomes

Design in European Policy

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Design in European Policy

This, the final publication from DeEP, presents our findings and insights, offering perspectives on key research themes: design innovation policy landscape; policies; and strategies to support design policy evaluatuion. The publication also presents a detailed conceptualisation of the DeEP Design...More information

Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

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Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

3rd of June 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully funded Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam on Tuesday 3rd of June 2014.

- Are you a London-based creative or digital business with less than 250 employees? - Have you...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

On Wednesday 30th of April, Imagination’s London Fusion team delivered their third highly interactive Design Jam. The Design Jam explored the health, demographic and wellbeing challenges and opportunities to create innovative services and products to enhance the lives of the residents of...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Event3 years, 6 months and 24 days ago
Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

30th of April 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully-funded Health and Wellbeing in the City Design Jam organised by London Creative and Digital Fusion.

Wednesday 30th of April 2014, 09:00am – 06:00pm with an optional...Read full update

Design Policy Issues No4

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Design Policy Issues No4

In this number the DeEP Evaluation Tool is described in detail.The booklet gives and overview on how the web-based tool works, on its structure, and functions. Macro and micro design indicators are embedded in the tool to support policy makers and enterprises to benchmark national contexts and to...More information

We're recruiting a Design and Innovation Manager

We're recruiting a Design and Innovation Manager

We are building an international team, with hubs in both the UK and China and are seeking to recruit a Design and Innovation Manager to embed design driven innovation approaches in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme (LCCP).

You will take a lead in the design and delivery of events to...Read full update

Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Forty-five arts and humanities practitioners, academics and funding partners gathered at a N8 event in Lancaster to participate in a workshop that explored how the imagination is being used to influence social and cultural development in the North.

The event, ‘Imaginative North’ was the fourth...Read full update

Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

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Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

21st of November 2013, LICA Building, Lancaster University

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its fourth workshop in Lancaster

Creativity and innovation occur at the boundaries of our imagination. But how do we channel this to develop our ideas and research? This...Read full update

Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

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Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

30th of October 2013, The Biospheric Foundation, Irwell House, Philip St, Salford M3 7LE

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its third workshop in Manchester

The future of the North lies in its capacity to imagine, develop and enact economic, social,...Read full update

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...Read full update

DeEP returns to London for the 5th Consortium meeting – September 2013

DeEP returns to London for the 5th Consortium meeting – September 2013

The Work Foundation welcomes back the DeEP Consortium

The Big Innovation Centre at the Work Foundation recently hosted the 5th DeEP Project Meeting – the penultimate gathering of the project consortium.  Chaired by Ben Reid from the Work Foundation, with European Design Leadership Board...Read full update

Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

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Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

19th of September 2013, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its second workshop in Sheffield

The Sheffield workshop focussed on the digital and the aim of this workshop was to explore the rich and varied...Read full update

Watch Out Design, Europe is Coming

Articleby Martyn Evans

Delivered as part of the Harnessing Creativity: Creative Economy Seminar held at The Dock, Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland on Friday 27 March 2015. ...Read full article

NEW Lecturer post in Data Prototyping and Visualisation

Articleby Paul Coulton, Martyn Evans

As part of Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary Lectureships Scheme to appointment of 50 early career academics we are seeking candidates for a new lectureship in Data Prototyping and Visualisation. ...Read full article

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

Key Projects

Design For EuropeDesign For Europe Design For Europe Design For Europe aims to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe.
Design RoutesDesign Routes Design Routes Envisioning the future of culturally significant designs, products and practices
Lancaster China Catalyst ProgrammeLancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK ...
DeEP: Design in European PolicyDeEP: Design in European Policy DeEP: Design in European Policy Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Mapping Design Innovation EcosystemsMapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Mapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Creating a blueprint for to map and analyse their design innovation ecosystems
N8: New Thinking from the NorthN8: New Thinking from the North N8: New Thinking from the North Stimulating reinvention and influencing economic growth across the North
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
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
MA Design ManagementMA Design Management MA Design Management MA Design Management provides a vibrant and design rich environment for design and associated graduates to ...