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

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Launch Event

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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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Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Misunderstanding density: Why we are building the wrong sort of cities

Dr. Christopher Boyko published an article today (29 July, 2014) in The Guardian's Housing Network pages about understanding density in cities. The article is based on empirical research undertaken with Prof. Rachel Cooper...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster are looking for a Research Associate

Prof. Rachel Cooper and Dr Emma Murphy are looking to recruit a Research Associate for their project "The Value of Design: A Study of the Role of Design in Innovation".

The project aims to identify the specific conditions (e.g. leadership, culture, briefing processes, design rights) under...Read full update

How to Win in the Age of Now?

How to Win in the Age of Now?

An Inspirational Masterclass delivered by the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday 10th of February.

The event attracted many creative and digital companies looking to take their business to the next level, and become high-growth creative leaders loved by their...Read full update

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Kevin Roberts will inspire and inform an audience of creative and digital small and medium businesses.

We are pleased to announce that we are organising an Inspiration Masterclass with the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday the 10th of February at Saatchi &...Read full update

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform

Design Council announced that it will be leading a consortium to deliver the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) with Lancaster University as key partner.

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform. The press release is now...Read full update

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Launch Event

Upcoming Eventin 3 days
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

  ...Read full update

Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Misunderstanding density: Why we are building the wrong sort of cities

Dr. Christopher Boyko published an article today (29 July, 2014) in The Guardian's Housing Network pages about understanding density in cities. The article is based on empirical research undertaken with Prof. Rachel Cooper...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster are looking for a Research Associate

Prof. Rachel Cooper and Dr Emma Murphy are looking to recruit a Research Associate for their project "The Value of Design: A Study of the Role of Design in Innovation".

The project aims to identify the specific conditions (e.g. leadership, culture, briefing processes, design rights) under...Read full update

How to Win in the Age of Now?

How to Win in the Age of Now?

An Inspirational Masterclass delivered by the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday 10th of February.

The event attracted many creative and digital companies looking to take their business to the next level, and become high-growth creative leaders loved by their...Read full update

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Kevin Roberts will inspire and inform an audience of creative and digital small and medium businesses.

We are pleased to announce that we are organising an Inspiration Masterclass with the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday the 10th of February at Saatchi &...Read full update

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform

Design Council announced that it will be leading a consortium to deliver the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) with Lancaster University as key partner.

Design Council announce €3.8 million EU fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform. The press release is now...Read full update

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

Books

The handbook of design management. / Cooper, Rachel ; Junginger, Sabine ; Lockwood, Thomas.

Oxford : Berg, 2011. 544 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Constructing futures : industry leaders and future thinking in construction.. / Chan, Paul ; Cooper, Rachel .

Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 224 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Designing sustainable cities.. / Cooper, Rachel (Editor) ; Evans, Graeme (Editor) ; Boyko, Christopher (Editor) .

Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 320 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Design for micro-utopias : making the unthinkable possible.. / Wood, J. ; Cooper, Rachel (Editor) .

UK : Gower, 2007. 211 p. (Design for Social Responsibility Series).

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Design for inclusivity : a practical guide to accessible innovative and user-centred design.. / Coleman, R.; Clarkson, J.; Dong, H.; Cassim, J. ; Cooper, Rachel (Editor) .

UK : Gower, 2007. 246 p. (Design for Social Responsibility series).

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Design for sustainability : a practical approach.. / Bhamra, T.; Lofthouse, V. ; Cooper, Rachel (Editor) .

UK : Gower, 2007. 184 p. (Design for Social Responsibility series).

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Process Management in Design and Construction.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Ghassan, A.; Lee, A.; Wu, S.

Blackwells, 2004. 208 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

The Design Experience.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Press, M.

Gower Press, London, 2003. 206 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Creative product design.. / Bruce, Margaret ; Cooper, Rachel .

UK : Wiley and Sons, 2000. 217 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

Marketing and design management.. / Bruce, Margaret ; Cooper, Rachel .

London : Intl Thomson Business Press, 1997. 245 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Book

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Book Chapters

Density and mental wellbeing. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

Wellbeing: A complete reference guide: Wellbeing and the environment. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Elizabeth Burton; Cary L. Cooper. Vol. 2 London : Wiley Blackwell, 2014. p. 69-90.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

Sustainable urban futures. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher .

The handbook of design for sustainability. ed. / Stuart Walker; Jacques Giard. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. p. 255-272.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

New design business models: implications for the future of design management. / Cooper, Rachel ; Evans, Martyn ; Williams, Alex.

The handbook of design management. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Sabine Junginger; Thomas Lockwood. Oxford : Berg, 2011. p. 495-511.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter (peer-reviewed)

2020 Vision - The UK Design Industry 10 Years On : Implications for Design Businesses of the Future.. / Williams, Alex ; Cooper, Rachel ; Evans, Martyn ; Sun, Qian.

Designing for the 21st Century: Research Methods & Findings. ed. / Tom Inns. Vol. 2 Farnham : Gower, 2009. p. 39-54.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The ongoing sustainable city endeavour.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Evans, Graeme ; Boyko, Christopher .

Designing sustainable cities. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Graeme Evans; Christopher Boyko. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. p. 288-296.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

The urban design decision making process : a new approach.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher .

Designing Sustainable Cities. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Graeme Evans; Christopher Boyko. Chichester, U.K : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. p. 43-50.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

The urban design decision making process : case studies.. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

Designing Sustainable Cities. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Graeme Evans; Christopher Boyko. Chichester, U.K : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. p. 17-41.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

The urban design decision-making process : definitions and issues.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher ; Pemberton-Billing, Naomi; Cadman, Daniel.

Designing Sustainable Cities. ed. / Rachel Cooper; Graeme Evans; Christopher Boyko. Chichester, U.K : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. p. 3-16.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

Decision-making processes in urban design.. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

Sustainable Urban Development: Changing Professional Practice. ed. / Ian Cooper; Martin Symes. Vol. 4 London, UK : Routledge, 2009. p. 78-98.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Chapter

Supply chain management in product development.. / Tzortzopoulos, Patricia; Kagioglou, Mike ; Cooper, Rachel ; Dyson, E.

Construction Supply Chain Management Handbook. ed. / William J. O'Brien; Carlos T. Formoso; Vrijhoef Ruben; Kerry London. CRC Press, 2009.

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Journal Articles

Density and decision-making : findings from an online survey. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

In: Sustainability , Vol. 5, No. 10, 23.10.2013, p. 4502-4522.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

High Dwelling Density as Sustainability Solution in Lancaster. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers Engineering Sustainability , Vol. 165, No. ES1, 03.2012, p. 81-88.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Scenario archetypes : converging rather than diverging themes. / Hunt, Dexter; Lombardi, D. Rachel; Atkinson, Stuart; Barber, Austin R. G. ; Barnes, Matthew ; Boyko, Christopher ; Brown, Julie; Bryson, John; Butler, David; Caputo, Silvio; Caserio, Maria; Coles, Richard ; Cooper, Rachel ; Farmani, Raziyeh ; Gaterell, Mark; Hale, James; Hales, A. Chantal ; Hewitt, C. N. ; Jankovic, Lubo; Jefferson, Ian; Leach, J. ; Mackenzie, Rob ; Memon, Fayyaz A. ; Sadler, Jon P. ; Weingaertner, Carina ; Whyatt, Duncan ; Rogers, Christopher D.F..

In: Sustainability , Vol. 4, No. 4, 20.04.2012, p. 740-772.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Managing corporate social responsibility through design.. / Koo, Yoori ; Cooper, Rachel .

In: The Design Management Institute , Vol. 22, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 68-79.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

The relationship between national policy and industrial development in the UK and South Korea, 1940s-2000s.. / Youngok, Choi ; Cooper, Rachel ; Lim, Sungwoo ; Evans, Martyn .

In: Design Issues , Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 70-82.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Clarifying and re-conceptualising density. / Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Rachel .

In: Progress in Planning , Vol. 76, No. 1, 07.2011, p. 1-61.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Design for Health : The Relationship Between Design and Noncommunicable Diseases. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher ; Cooper, Cary .

In: Journal of Health Communication , Vol. 16, No. Supplement 2, 09.2011, p. 134-157.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Integrating evidence-based design and experience-based approaches in healthcare service design. / Carr, Valerie ; Sangiorgi, Daniela ; Buscher, Monika ; Cooper, Rachel .

In: Health Environments Research & Design Journal , Vol. 4, No. 4, 01.2011, p. 12-33.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

National Support for Design: Developing propositional models.. / Choi, Youngok ; Cooper, Rachel ; Lim, Sungwoo ; Evans, Martyn .

In: Design Management Review , Vol. 21, No. 4, 12.2010, p. 60-69.

Research output : Contribution to journal Journal article

Informing an urban design process by way of a practical example.. / Boyko, C. T. ; Cooper, R. ; Davey, C. L.; Wootton, A.B.

In: Urban Design and Planning , Vol. 163, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 17-30.

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Conference Contributions

Digital clothing manufacture : co-creation and digital innovation for local production. / Tavares Smith, Marcia ; Cooper, Rachel ; Blair, Gordon .

Digital fashion 2013: the proceedings of the 1st international conference of digital fashion. ed. / Digital Fashion 2013 Secretariat. London : Digital Fashion 2013 Secretariat, 2013. p. 246-253.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Paper

Digital clothing manufacture : digital innovation and co-design changing the clothing industry. / Smith, Marcia ; Blair, Gordon ; Cooper, Rachel .

Design Frontiers - territories, concepts, technologies: ICDHS 2012 - 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies.. ed. / Priscila Farias; Anna Calvera; Marcos Braga; Zuleica Schincariol. São Paulo : Blucher Publishing House, 2012. p. 436-440.

Research output : Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings Paper

Creating sustainable frameworks for service redesign at practice level in NHS. / Carr, Valerie ; Sangiorgi, Daniela ; Buscher, Monika ; Cooper, Rachel ; Junginger, Sabine .

2010. Paper presented at HaCIRIC International conference , Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Research output : Contribution to conference Conference paper

Design for the surreal world? : a new model of socially responsible design.. / Davey, Caroline L.; Wootton, Andrew B.; Thomas, Angharad ; Cooper, Rachel ; Press, Mike.

2007. Paper presented at The Sixth International Conference of the European Academy of Design,.

Research output : Contribution to conference Conference paper

Requirements management in the design of primary healthcare facilities.. / Tzortzopoulos, Patricia; Chan, Paul ; Cooper, Rachel .

2005. Paper presented at Simposio Brasilierio de Gestao e Economia de Construcao, Brazil,.

Research output : Contribution to conference Conference paper

Tales of the Unexpected: Understanding Emergence and its relationship to Design.. / Evans, M. D. ; Cooper, Rachel ; Hall, N.

2005. 319 to 331 6th International Conference of Computational and Cognitive models of Creative Design, Heron Island, Australia,.

Research output : Contribution to conference Other

Reports

The effect of the physical environment on mental capital and wellbeing.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher ; Codinhoto, Ricardo.

Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 40 p.

Research output : Book/Report/Proceedings Commissioned report

Working Papers

Mental capital and wellbeing and the physical environment.. / Cooper, Rachel ; Boyko, Christopher ; Codinhoto, Ricardo.

UK : Foresight Science Review, 2008.

Research output : Working paper

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