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

Co-Designing Tools for the New IDEAS Project

Co-Designing Tools for the New IDEAS Project

This week, we completed the final of three labs with the leading knowledge exchange practitioners in the University, marking the end of the first phase if the New IDEAS project

This series of three labs has been aimed at enabling the participants in the group to lead the co-design of new...Read full update

Second KE Tool Design Lab: Generating Ideas

Second KE Tool Design Lab: Generating Ideas

Participants generated tool ideas that would be useful for knowledge exchange activities across the University.

The second instalment of the New IDEAS labs for designing knowledge exchange toolkits took place on Wednesday 21st November, in which the participants generated variety of ideas for...Read full update

Innovation Through The Design Of Knowledge Exchange And The Design Of Knowledge Exchange Design

OutcomeConference Paper
Innovation Through The Design Of Knowledge Exchange And The Design Of Knowledge Exchange Design

In this paper we describe our research and its application to the design of knowledge exchange (KE) involving over 200 companies, ranging from micro businesses up to large multinationals, such as the BBC, Arup, and IBM. ...More information

The First of the Knowledge Exchange Tool Design Labs

The First of the Knowledge Exchange Tool Design Labs

Asking the Right Questions to Frame Knowledge Exchange Challenges

Yesterday, Wednesday 14th November, a group people working in knowledge exchange across different departments within Lancaster University came to the Imagination Lab for the first of three tool design labs. The method...Read full update

Upcoming: 3 Tool Design Events

Upcoming: 3 Tool Design Events

Designing Tools for Designing Knowledge Exchange & High Impact Research

Lancaster University has an excellent reputation for knowledge exchange and high impact research, but the way we have achieved this is often unknown outside of particular departments and teams. ...Read full update

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

A Paper on Designing Knowledge Exchange is Presented at the 2012 DMI Conference

Last week, on Wednesday 8th August, a paper co-written by three members of the New IDEAS team was presented at the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference.  ...Read full update

Imagination Lab 2013

Imagination Lab 2013

Develop a strategy to use design to break a world record!

As a practice-based intensive deep-dive experience, this year’s Imagination Lab has set a major challenge for students. The focus of this year’s challenge is to ‘develop a strategy to use design to break a world record’. Initially this...Read full update

First CX Management Meeting

First CX Management Meeting

The Creative Exchange is picking up pace after the first management meeting for 2012

The Creative Exchange Hub Management team members from Lancaster University, Newcastle University and The Royal College of Art met in Newcastle to make key decisions about how the Hub will develop over the...Read full update

New ImaginationLancaster Website Live

New ImaginationLancaster Website Live

After over a year in development, the new ImaginationLancaster website is now live.

The website is intended to provide a platform to make the ImaginationLancaster's wide array of Research and Innovation activities visible to the world. The website provides news feeds for the various activities...Read full update

Spreading the Net - ImaginationLab with Senior Managers from Huddersfield University

Spreading the Net - ImaginationLab with Senior Managers from Huddersfield University

Building on the ImaginationNets approach to promoting innovation through networks we developed and delivers this workshop and toolkit in a the Imagination facilitation space.

ImaginationNets is a series of tools we have developed over the past 3 years, and in particular with the IDEAS...Read full update

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Embedding new sustainability thinking into day-to-day activities of civil engineering can result in substantial social, economic and environmental benefits for all stakeholders, but, to date, sustainability in consulting engineering is still more of a reactive activity than a proactive one. Through...Read full update

The Future of TV

Event6 years, 8 months and 19 days ago
The Future of TV

28th of March 2011, Imagination Lancaster

The Future of TV-workshop brought together experts from BBC’s R&D (Research and Development) section and students from the doctoral programme HighWire at Lancaster University

Together participants generated visions beyond today’s use...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

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 ...