Dr Stephen Clune

Clune
Past Staff Member
Senior Lecturer in Design, September 2013 to May 2017
Design for Sustainability, Design and Behavioural Change

Stephen is a sustainable designer, researcher and educator with over nine years experience in sustainable design education. He has joined ImaginationLancaster as a senior lecturer in Design. Stephen was previously a research fellow at the Centre for Design, RMIT University in Melbourne, where he worked on applied sustainability research projects across a broad range of scales. Such as the role of packaging in preventing food waste, to facilitating workshops on climate adaptive landscape solutions in regional Victoria, Australia. 

Stephen has a background in Industrial Design and has worked on award winning projects such as Jacana Marines ‘ Nemesis’, the Australian Marine Industry Boat of the Year in 2003. His PhD in Industrial Design Education for Sustainability was completed at the University of Western Sydney. His PhD thesis resulted in interventions being made into the sustainability components of the Industrial Design curriculum to better enable student designers to facilitate sustainable lifestyles. 

Stephen’s core research interest focuses on how design (and design thinking) can assist in the move towards a sustainable society, with a particular interest in design as a facilitator of change. His work draws on a diverse range of tools from social practice theory, behavioural change and Life Cycle Analysis.

Updates and Outcomes

Seeking applicants for Senior Research Associate position on the Liveable Cities project

Seeking applicants for Senior Research Associate position on the Liveable Cities project

Interested in making cities more liveable? Have a background in urban design, architecture or design management? This job might be for you!

ImaginationLancaster seeks to appoint a Senior Research Associate to work on an EPSRC funded Liveable Cities project. The project is an ambitious...Read full update

Liveable Cities workshop on sharing in Lancaster is a success!

Event2 years, 5 months and 23 days ago
Liveable Cities workshop on sharing in Lancaster is a success!

30th of March 2015, Friends Meeting House, Lancaster

Lancaster Sharing City Workshop pushes the boundaries on what sharing means in cities

Over 30 participants from Lancaster and Birmingham gathered at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster to explore sharing in cities. The...Read full update

Businesses pitch international R&D projects to students

Businesses pitch international R&D projects to students

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Businesses meet masters Students on the MSc International Innovation program to develop International R&D projects

The final presentations of businesses involved in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme have occurred. These sessions involved 11 LCCP UK...Read full update

Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation

OutcomeConference Paper

Design is a significant driver of behaviour change, enabling, encouraging or discouraging particular practices from taking place. Despite design’s clear influence on behaviours, limited frameworks exist for the effective implementation of Design for Behaviour Change (DfBC) in professional and public...More information

Northern Futures 'Open Ideas Day'

Northern Futures 'Open Ideas Day'

Imagination Lancaster hosts 'open ideas' day to generate future visions for the North

On the 16th October Imagination Lancaster facilitated an 'open ideas day' for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Lancaster was one of  eight Northern cities invited to produce a range of future...Read full update

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Launch Event

Event2 years, 10 months and 24 days ago
Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Launch Event

27th of October 2014, Lancaster University Management School, LUMS Lecture Theatre 1, Bailrigg, LA1 4YX

Driving UK Business Growth through International Innovation

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Northern Futures 'Open Ideas Day'

Event2 years, 11 months and 5 days ago

16th of October 2014, Imagination Lab, LICA Building, Lancaster University

Register now for your chance to participate in the debate on the economic future of the North

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is organising a series of open 'idea days' to take...Read full update

New Masters puts students’ skills to the test in China

New Masters puts students’ skills to the test in China

A ground-breaking new Masters programme from Lancaster University gives students the opportunity to work on high-impact business projects that develop collaboration between UK and Chinese SMEs.

The two-year MSc in International Innovation, which takes its first students from October, includes...Read full update

100 years of design history

100 years of design history

Marketing and Design undergraduate students co-create a 100 year timeline of design.

Design has a significant impact on our everyday life. The creation of the 100-year timeline with undergraduate students in LICA 140 was completed in the first week of university. The task was used to...Read full update

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

China Catalyst Programme Planning

China Catalyst Programme Planning

Imagination designed, organised and hosted a five-hour workshop for the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme (LCCP) on the 13th of January 2014. The aim of the workshop was to detail each section of the four-year project plan.

Twelve people involved in the project planning including China...Read full update

Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

Event3 years, 10 months and 21 days ago
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

Lancaster University students have scooped first prize at the final of the national Santander Big Ideas competition

Articleby Stephen Clune
Lancaster University students have scooped first prize at the final of the national Santander Big Ideas competition

Patrizia Carbone, Sebastien Combret and Kyaw Tun Sein, who are all studying a MSc in International Innovation as part of Lancaster University’s China Catalyst Programme, have received £5,000 towards their biometric authentication business idea. The trio have an idea for a bracelet that can read the unique ECG heart patterns of wearers and also includes a fingerprint scanner. The students believe the device would lead to greater security for...Read full article

Design students progress low carbon solutions in China

Articleby Stephen Clune, Noor Aldoy, Nick Dunn
Design students progress low carbon solutions in China

Design students from Lancaster University are progressing low carbon solutions for a brighter future in Guangzhou, China. Dr Stephen Clune recently facilitated workshops for Masters of Science students in International Innovation to progress research projects that assist UK companies to develop collaborative R&D partnerships with Chinese Organisations. ...Read full article

Developing environmental sustainability strategies, the Double Diamond method of LCA and design thinking: a case study from aged care

Articleby Stephen Clune, Simon Lockrey
Developing environmental sustainability strategies, the Double Diamond method of LCA and design thinking: a case study from aged care

Latest Journal article published with SImon Lockrey, the article attempts to provide a process for Designers, LCA experts and Social Scentists to work together to develop sustainability strategies. This paper introduces a process to develop context-specific environmental sustainability strategies by utilising streamlined Life Cycle Assessment and Design Thinking. This process is referred to as the Double Diamond method of Life Cycle Assessment...Read full article

The influence of packaging attributes on consumer behaviour in food-packaging LCA studies – a neglected topic

Articleby Stephen Clune
The influence of packaging attributes on consumer behaviour in food-packaging LCA studies – a neglected topic

New  journal article in press by international friends Fredrik Wikström, Helén Williams, Karli Verghese and myself. To read the artice click here. ...Read full article

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