Dr Stephen Clune

Clune
Senior Lecturer in Design
Design for Sustainability, Design and Behavioural Change
s [dot] clune [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

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

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

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Utilising design thinking to tackle farm biosecurity

Stephen Clune and Emmanuel Tsekleves facilitated two biosecurity hackathons  on behalf of the N8 Agri-food network, University of Sheffield and DEFRA. The events took a trans disciplinary approach to identifying the challenges and...Read full update

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

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Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

1st of November 2016, Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Liveable Cities team from Lancaster went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The...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

The Future of Sustainable Packaging Research Summit

The Future of Sustainable Packaging Research Summit

Dr Stephen Clune travelled to Sweden to meet with a dedicated and committed group of academics and scientists from around the globe for 'The Future of Sustainable Packaging Research Summit'. ...Read full update

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Report

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Report

This report aims to provide you with an overview of the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme and the progress it has made to date. As well as examples of the activities undertaken by companies that are participants in the Programme, we have used a selection of the resulting partnerships as case...Read full update

Liveable Cities presents... the Skype Sessions

Liveable Cities presents... the Skype Sessions

Join us for our next Skype Session about ecosystem services in cities!

Back in Spring 2015, Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions held three successful sessions on topics, such as Determining City Performance, Complexity in Cities, and Sharing and the City. Now, after a short summer...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.