Dr Valerie Carr

Carr
Past Staff Member
Lecturer, April 2009 to October 2011
Design for health and wellbeing, therapeutic environments, workplace design, post occupancy evaluation, community engagement, design for social innovation, codesign

Valerie is an interior designer with a background in workplace and healthcare design. She uses mainly qualitative and ethnographic methods to explore the transactional nature of relationships between environments (built, natural and socially constructed) and behaviour. With a particular interest in how design can promote and enhance health, wellbeing and community cohesion her research also explores how design methods and tools can help engage local communities and facilitate creative knowledge exchange.

Over the past few years Valerie has been working closely with health services, local councils and third sector groups to explore the challenges associated with engaging patients and citizens in co-creating accessible and appropriate public services. She has also facilitated workshops with small businesses, local communities and schools focusing on redesign of specific environments to enhance health and wellbeing.

Updates and Outcomes

Integrating Evidence-Based Design and Experience-Based Approaches in Healthcare Service Design

OutcomeJournal Paper

Health Environments Research and Design Journal (Summer 2011) Objective: To investigate the connections between, and respective contributions of, evidence-based and experience-based methods in the redesign of healthcare services. ...More information

Design for Social Innovation: Community-Centred Knowledge Exchange

OutcomeConference Paper

Through a co-design process, involving academics, citizens, thirds sector groups, local councils and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) the current project evaluates barriers and opportunities for innovation in local communities, particularly in relation to building social capital and...More information

Presentation at British Sociological Association Ageing Body and Society Study Group Conference September 2011

Articleby Valerie Carr

Designing for those who care: supportive workplaces for healthcare staff ...Read full article

Creative IDEAS book completed

Creative IDEAS book completed

A book documenting the activities and specifically the new techniques and approaches developed under the HEIF4 funded Creative IDEAS project.

This book describes some of the processes, activities and approaches we have developed over the last 18 months as part of the knowledge exchange...Read full update

Designing Spaces for Collaboration and Co-Design

Designing Spaces for Collaboration and Co-Design

In preparation for the PROUD project this workshop brought together designers and craft-workers from across the region to help shape the commissioning process of a new creative space in the Storey.

The Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration and Co-design workshop brought together a...Read full update

Co-designing connected communities

Co-designing connected communities

Imagination Lancaster, through Creative Ideas, are involved in an ongoing co-design project run by Lancaster City Council working with local communities to co-create a new community plan for the Skerton area of the city.

The Connected Communities project is run by Lancaster City Council in...Read full update

Creative IDEAS book completed

Creative IDEAS book completed

A book documenting the activities and specifically the new techniques and approaches developed under the HEIF4 funded Creative IDEAS project.

This book describes some of the processes, activities and approaches we have developed over the last 18 months as part of the knowledge exchange...Read full update

Designing Spaces for Collaboration and Co-Design

Designing Spaces for Collaboration and Co-Design

In preparation for the PROUD project this workshop brought together designers and craft-workers from across the region to help shape the commissioning process of a new creative space in the Storey.

The Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration and Co-design workshop brought together a...Read full update

Co-designing connected communities

Co-designing connected communities

Imagination Lancaster, through Creative Ideas, are involved in an ongoing co-design project run by Lancaster City Council working with local communities to co-create a new community plan for the Skerton area of the city.

The Connected Communities project is run by Lancaster City Council in...Read full update

Design and the Big Society

Event6 years, 3 months and 22 days ago
Design and the Big Society

3rd of May 2011, Imagination Lab, Lancaster University

Design and the Big Society brought design researchers together with others from politics, journalism, technology and finance to consider the relationship between design for social innovation, socially responsive design and the...Read full update

Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration and Co-Design

Event6 years, 4 months and 20 days ago
Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration and Co-Design

4th of April 2011, Storey Creative Industries Centre

The Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration and Co-design workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of designers, designer makers and craftspeople to spend a half day within the shell of the 3rd floor ‘art school’...Read full update

Design in Practice final report

Design in Practice final report

This report summarises findings from our research project 'Design for flexibility and change with Healthcare Service Providers' focused on the implementation of Practice Based Commissioning in North West England.

This project, funded by the EPSRC research centre HACIRIC investigated existing...Read full update

Presentation at British Sociological Association Ageing Body and Society Study Group Conference September 2011

Articleby Valerie Carr

Designing for those who care: supportive workplaces for healthcare staff ...Read full article

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

Highlights

Key Projects

Creative IDEASCreative IDEAS Creative IDEAS Innovative Mechanisms for Knowledge Sharing
Design In PracticeDesign In Practice Design In Practice Flexibility and change for healthcare service providers