Dr Roger Whitham

Whitham
Lecturer
Human-Computer Interaction, Collaboration, Tools, Visualisation, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation
r [dot] whitham [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Roger is a designer and a researcher with a range of commercial and academic experience centred on the design of interaction; physical, digital, human-to-computer and human-to-human. He has research and commercial experience in user interface design, user experience design, collaborative design, personal information management, information design and visualisation.

His recent work has focused on enabling people to collaborate and think in new ways, particularly through tools designed for and co-designed by communities. Underlying this is a deep interest in the technologies we use to control information, the structures underpinning work activity, and the evolution of practice alongside these. He has a particular focus on tools, both as resources that can transform the particular challenges individuals face, and as a means to transform the capabilities of organisations and communities. Recent funded projects include The Creative Exchange (AHRC) and Leapfrog (AHRC), both revolving around researching and proposing new ways, means and languages of collaboration.

Updates and Outcomes

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

How can we understand. describe and evidence the value collaborative Design Research brings to the world?

Deadline for 1000-1500 outlines: 30th June 2017 ...Read full update

Food design for sustainability

Food design for sustainability

Lancaster University facilitated a Food Design for Sustainability workshop at the Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, 27th July, 2016

Dr Stephen Clune, Prof. Adrian Friday and Dr Roger Whitham from Lancaster University facilitated a Food Design for Sustainability...Read full update

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Leapfrog held a large, interactive tool sharing event at Lancaster University to close the Major Project 'Working with Young People' and share the tools that have been co-designed since it began in August 2015.

During the Leapfrog Major Project, 'Working with Young People' we have worked...Read full update

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-design methods...Read full update

New tools for engaging with young people

New tools for engaging with young people

An event to share tools to overcome the universal challenges of consulting or engaging with young people.

To conclude Leapfrog’s first major research project, Leapfrog at Lancaster University invites you to a highly interactive event from noon - 4pm on Thursday 25th February 2016 at...Read full update

MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

Event1 year, 10 months and 1 day ago
MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

24th of November 2015

On 24th November The Creative Exchange - a joint project between Lancaster, The Royal College of Art and Newcastle University - held a Parliamentary event exploring the value of creativity in education, artistic practice, industry and local commissioning....Read full update

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

Call for Contributions: CoDesign Special Issue on Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

How can we understand. describe and evidence the value collaborative Design Research brings to the world?

Deadline for 1000-1500 outlines: 30th June 2017 ...Read full update

Food design for sustainability

Food design for sustainability

Lancaster University facilitated a Food Design for Sustainability workshop at the Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, 27th July, 2016

Dr Stephen Clune, Prof. Adrian Friday and Dr Roger Whitham from Lancaster University facilitated a Food Design for Sustainability...Read full update

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Leapfrog held a large, interactive tool sharing event at Lancaster University to close the Major Project 'Working with Young People' and share the tools that have been co-designed since it began in August 2015.

During the Leapfrog Major Project, 'Working with Young People' we have worked...Read full update

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-design methods...Read full update

New tools for engaging with young people

New tools for engaging with young people

An event to share tools to overcome the universal challenges of consulting or engaging with young people.

To conclude Leapfrog’s first major research project, Leapfrog at Lancaster University invites you to a highly interactive event from noon - 4pm on Thursday 25th February 2016 at...Read full update

MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

Event1 year, 10 months and 1 day ago
MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

24th of November 2015

On 24th November The Creative Exchange - a joint project between Lancaster, The Royal College of Art and Newcastle University - held a Parliamentary event exploring the value of creativity in education, artistic practice, industry and local commissioning....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

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

Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Articleby Nick Dunn, Roger Whitham
Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Imagination Lab provided an intensive, creative environment for our MA Design Management students. The task for the five-day workshop was entitled, 'Cities as organisms: develop a strategy to use design to make them sustainable and equitable.' Each day was devised as a micro-workshop, exploring different aspects of strategic design thinking and designerly ways of approaching problems. The days were themed as follows: Context, Making,...Read full article

Future Infrastructure UK: Engineering Roadmap Final Report

Articleby Rachel Cooper, Roger Whitham, Leon Cruickshank

This report describes the results of a workshop undertaken as part of a programme of advice commissioned by Infrastructure UK to consider the interdependencies and future engineering challenges as part of an ‘engineering roadmap’ for the next National Infrastructure Plan (due to be published in autumn 2011). This plan will include specific actions needed to achieve an integrated, reliable, secure and resilient national infrastructure. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Roger Whitham'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 ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
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 ...