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 OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is Director of ImaginationLancaster. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities', 'Constructing Futures'and  Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment'(Wiley Blackwell). She is also series editor of the Ashgate series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. 

She is currently working on Liveable Cities, an Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council funded six-year research programme working to identify design and engineering solutions that will lead to low-carbon, resource-secure, future cities in which societal wellbeing is prioritised. Also ‘The Creative Exchange’, an Arts and Humanities Research Council  (AHRC) Knowledge Exchange hub looking at the growth of the creative industries through exploring the ‘digital public space’.She is also Co-Investigator of an AHRC project on Design Value in Innovation. She is also co-Director of HighWire (Digital Economies Innovation Doctoral Training Centre).

 She is a non-executive Director of the Future Cities Catapult, and a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities, and is on the Academy of Medical Sciences Working group addressing ‘the health of the public 2040’.

She was a member of the 2014 Blackett review on the Internet of Things. She is founding and past president of the European Academy of Design,  founding editor of The Design Journal, and a trustee of the Research and Development Management Association (RADMA). She was 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

 

Updates and Outcomes

Design for the Internet of Things: New 9.8M EPSRC Hub

Design for the Internet of Things: New 9.8M EPSRC Hub

Imagination is a partner in new interdisciplinary EPSRC Research Hub will to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT).

We are delighted to say that Imagination will adding a designerly perspective to a new interdisciplinary Research Hub announced today by Ed Vaizey, Minister...Read full update

MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

Event5 months and 13 days ago
MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

24th of November 2015

On 24th November The Creative Exchange - a joint project between Lancaster, The Royal College of Art and Newcastle University - held a Parliamentary event exploring the value of creativity in education, artistic practice, industry and local commissioning....Read full update

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

This important post seeks to use a design-informed interdisciplinary perspective to address urban challenges and enhance the potential for impact activities with urban decision makers and communities.

The successful PhD researcher will be based here in ImaginationLancaster, an internationally...Read full update

Professor Rachel Cooper receives prestigious award

Professor Rachel Cooper receives prestigious award

The 2015 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education awarded to Imagination Director Professor Rachel Cooper OBE.

Professor Rachel Cooper, OBE, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University and Co-director of ImaginationLancaster has received the...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

Liveable Cities hosts second Sharing Cities Workshop in Birmingham this September

Event7 months and 30 days ago
Liveable Cities hosts second Sharing Cities Workshop in Birmingham this September

7th of September 2015, mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH (www.macbirmingham.co.uk)

Have some interesting stories about sharing? Live in the Moseley and King's Heath area of Birmingham? If so, come to our workshop and share!

After a very successful workshop...Read full update

Design for the Internet of Things: New 9.8M EPSRC Hub

Design for the Internet of Things: New 9.8M EPSRC Hub

Imagination is a partner in new interdisciplinary EPSRC Research Hub will to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT).

We are delighted to say that Imagination will adding a designerly perspective to a new interdisciplinary Research Hub announced today by Ed Vaizey, Minister...Read full update

MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

Event5 months and 13 days ago
MPs briefed on The Creative Exchange

24th of November 2015

On 24th November The Creative Exchange - a joint project between Lancaster, The Royal College of Art and Newcastle University - held a Parliamentary event exploring the value of creativity in education, artistic practice, industry and local commissioning....Read full update

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

This important post seeks to use a design-informed interdisciplinary perspective to address urban challenges and enhance the potential for impact activities with urban decision makers and communities.

The successful PhD researcher will be based here in ImaginationLancaster, an internationally...Read full update

Professor Rachel Cooper receives prestigious award

Professor Rachel Cooper receives prestigious award

The 2015 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education awarded to Imagination Director Professor Rachel Cooper OBE.

Professor Rachel Cooper, OBE, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University and Co-director of ImaginationLancaster has received the...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

Liveable Cities hosts second Sharing Cities Workshop in Birmingham this September

Event7 months and 30 days ago
Liveable Cities hosts second Sharing Cities Workshop in Birmingham this September

7th of September 2015, mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH (www.macbirmingham.co.uk)

Have some interesting stories about sharing? Live in the Moseley and King's Heath area of Birmingham? If so, come to our workshop and share!

After a very successful workshop...Read full update

Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

Articleby Nick Dunn, Rachel Cooper
Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

Applications are invited for a full time, fully funded PhD studentship as part of our ongoing research into Urban Futures. ImaginationLancaster has an extensive portfolio and strong track record of major research into cities, working directly with policy makers and city stakeholders via UK Government Office for Science and the Future Cities Catapult. ...Read full article

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

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

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