Prof. Rachel Cooper

Cooper
Co-Director
Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
r [dot] cooper [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Rachel Cooper is Professor of Design Management at the University of Lancaster, where she is Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, co-Director of ImaginationLancaster, and co-Director of HighWire (Digital Economies Innovation Doctoral Training Centre). She is also President of the European Academy of Design, Editor of The Design Journal, and a trustee of the Research and Development Management Association (RADMA). She has recently become a member of the EU Design and Innovation Leadership Board, and has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations

Professor Cooper's research projects have all been in collaboration with industry, working both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on Urban Futures, a four-year research project (2008-2012) developing alternative scenarios for sustainable regeneration, specifically addressing design decision-making and urban density. She has written over 100 papers and several books in the field, most recently: The Handbook of Design Management (Berg, August 2011).

Updates and Outcomes

Liveable Cities workshop on sharing in Lancaster is a success!

Event28 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

Measures to Assess Wellbeing in Low-Carbon-Dioxide Cities

OutcomeJournal Paper
Measures to Assess Wellbeing in Low-Carbon-Dioxide Cities

Policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions often focus on the need to change existing behaviours and social practices as well as to provide technological advances in energy supply, waste, transport, industry and infrastructure. While fundamentally important to the mitigation of climate...More information

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Three mobilities and wellbeing focus groups took place in Heysham, Morecambe and Lancaster during the week of 1 December 2014... with one more to go!

Led by Dr. Katerina Psarikidou (Sociology) and assisted by Dr. Claire Coulton and Dr. Chris Boyko (ImaginationLancaster), 3 focus groups took...Read full update

European Design Days - Brussels

European Design Days - Brussels

Understanding the network of studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”

As part of the process of review of previous literature and studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”, we attended the European Design Days the...Read full update

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Kick off meeting of our project "Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation"

The 11th July the kick off meeting of our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation” was held in the Business Design Centre in London. The attendees of the meeting were: Prof. Rachel Cooper and...Read full update

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

Liveable Cities workshop on sharing in Lancaster is a success!

Event28 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

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Three mobilities and wellbeing focus groups took place in Heysham, Morecambe and Lancaster during the week of 1 December 2014... with one more to go!

Led by Dr. Katerina Psarikidou (Sociology) and assisted by Dr. Claire Coulton and Dr. Chris Boyko (ImaginationLancaster), 3 focus groups took...Read full update

European Design Days - Brussels

European Design Days - Brussels

Understanding the network of studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”

As part of the process of review of previous literature and studies related to our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation”, we attended the European Design Days the...Read full update

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Meeting at Business Design Centre

Kick off meeting of our project "Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation"

The 11th July the kick off meeting of our project “Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation” was held in the Business Design Centre in London. The attendees of the meeting were: Prof. Rachel Cooper and...Read full update

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

Event6 months and 1 day 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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Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Articleby Christopher Boyko, Rachel Cooper
Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Paper available at ICE Virtual Library. ...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

Creative Exchange Launch Event

Articleby Rachel Cooper
Creative Exchange Launch Event

On 19th May we  launched the Creative Exchange. It was an afternoon and an evening of speakers and discussion at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, in conjunction with  FutureEverything Festival.  We had a fascinating and diverse array of speakers. ...Read full article

Key Projects

Urban FuturesUrban Futures Urban Futures Sustainable Regeneration - from evidence-based urban futures to implementation
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
Design for WellbeingDesign for Wellbeing Design for Wellbeing How Design Can Contribute to More Liveable Cities
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