Research

ImaginationLancaster addresses complex contemporary challenges and opportunities by working across traditional university boundaries and linking disciplines.

We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. We use innovative strategies that combine practice-based methods arising from design and the arts with science and social science methods. We address challenges such as climate change, urban density, an increasingly ageing society, health and wellbeing, inequalities in wealth within and across countries and continents, knowledge exchange, and rapid technological change.

Current Research Activities

Active ParksActive Parks Active Parks Co-designing a Health trail in Ryelands Park
Ageing PlayfullyAgeing Playfully Ageing Playfully Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.
A Practice-Based Approach to Design ResearchA Practice-Based Approach to Design Research A Practice-Based Approach to Design Research Exploring new creative directions in product design to include sustainable principles.
Behaviours that StickBehaviours that Stick Behaviours that Stick Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy How do we unlock the digital communication of empathy
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
Design and Production for SustainabilityDesign and Production for Sustainability Design and Production for Sustainability Research into the nature and form of functional objects
Design For EuropeDesign For Europe Design For Europe Design For Europe aims to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe.
Design for Service Innovation and DevelopmentDesign for Service Innovation and Development Design for Service Innovation and Development A scoping study into the contributions Service Design to Service Innovation and Development starting from ...
Design PhD Conference 2015Design PhD Conference 2015 Design PhD Conference 2015 Better by Design: Environment, Society & Self
Design RoutesDesign Routes Design Routes Envisioning the future of culturally significant designs, products and practices
Design Value: The Role of Design in InnovationDesign Value: The Role of Design in Innovation Design Value: The Role of Design in Innovation Exploring the roles design can play in innovation and the conditions enabling those roles
DESIS UK NetworkDESIS UK Network DESIS UK Network Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) UK Network
Fields of GreenFields of Green Fields of Green Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics undertake high impact, excellent research.
Include Me Include Me Include Me Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism
Knowledge Exchange Tools DesignKnowledge Exchange Tools Design Knowledge Exchange Tools Design PROUD are designing tools for creative public consultation in a collaboration with Lancaster City Council ...
Lancaster China Catalyst ProgrammeLancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK ...
Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by designLeapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and ...
Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries
Mapping Design Innovation EcosystemsMapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Mapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Creating a blueprint for to map and analyse their design innovation ecosystems
N8: New Thinking from the NorthN8: New Thinking from the North N8: New Thinking from the North Stimulating reinvention and influencing economic growth across the North
New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...
OpTexOpTex OpTex Open innovation for textile-like materials made on a paper machine.
ProtoPolicyProtoPolicy ProtoPolicy Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy ...
ReWiiReReWiiRe ReWiiRe Research for Wii Rehabilitation
SDR UK Network SDR UK Network SDR UK Network Developing a Network for Service Design Research in UK
Service Design for InnovationService Design for Innovation Service Design for Innovation Service Design for Innovation (SDIN) is a European Training Network for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)
Taking the Artwork HomeTaking the Artwork Home Taking the Artwork Home Digital Curation Through Mobile Augmented Reality
The Spirit of Design The Spirit of Design The Spirit of Design Research that expands understandings of sustainability to include notions of personal meaning that ...
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...

Past Research Activities

A Designerly Approach to Re-imagining Design Procurement A Designerly Approach to Re-imagining Design Procurement A Designerly Approach to Re-imagining Design Procurement How can designerly approaches develop innovative ways of engendering empathy between commissioning and ...
BARTERBARTER BARTER moBile sociAl netwoRking supporTing local Ethical tRading
BridgeBridge Bridge Bridging resources and agencies in large-scale emergency management
Brief EncountersBrief Encounters Brief Encounters An AHRC Network project to explore new forms of collaborative design processes
CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change)CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) This £1.5 million EPSRC funded 4 year project examines the role of new technology in citizen led ...
CheckinDJCheckinDJ CheckinDJ The first crowdsourcing jukebox to use NFC technolog.
Co-Design FaceMoocCo-Design FaceMooc Co-Design FaceMooc A 5 week online course for design professionals interested in co-design.
Data ArtsData Arts Data Arts An investigation into emerging approaches to visualising, interpreting and using data.
DeEP: Design in European PolicyDeEP: Design in European Policy DeEP: Design in European Policy Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
Design In PracticeDesign In Practice Design In Practice Flexibility and change for healthcare service providers
Design PhD Conference 2013Design PhD Conference 2013 Design PhD Conference 2013 Design Research for Turbulent Times
Environment 2.0Environment 2.0 Environment 2.0 Investigating new forms of social sensing and participatory observation of local environment and climate.
Free All Monsters!Free All Monsters! Free All Monsters! Location based iPhone game exploring user generated content
Geospatial Ontologies: PlaceGeospatial Ontologies: Place Geospatial Ontologies: Place Addressing ambiguity in geospatial concepts such as 'place'
Innovation Theory/PracticeInnovation Theory/Practice Innovation Theory/Practice Understanding through challenging: Innovation and Design
Innovation through Improved Service & DesignInnovation through Improved Service & Design Innovation through Improved Service & Design A series of 3 workshops aiming at introducing Design to manufacturing SMEs with a particular focus on the ...
Mapping Imagined PlacesMapping Imagined Places Mapping Imagined Places Mapping sense of place from literary poems and texts
New Interaction OrderNew Interaction Order New Interaction Order New(?) mobile behaviour in public spaces
Numbers that MatterNumbers that Matter Numbers that Matter Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device
Out of the box: assessment of cognitive and usability aspects of in-car navigation system useOut of the box: assessment of cognitive and usability aspects of in-car navigation system use Out of the box: assessment of cognitive and usability aspects of in-car navigation system use Inter-disciplinary project evaluating efficacy of navigational instructions in sat-navs
PAC-LANPAC-LAN PAC-LAN Worlds First NFC Mixed Reality Game
PROUDPROUD PROUD Working with designers, businesses, academics and the public to promote innovation through new types of ...
Structural IDEAS Exchange Structural IDEAS Exchange Structural IDEAS Exchange Research into the exchange of knowledge exchange structures rather than the exchange of knowledge itself.
Telling Tales of Engagement: The Wray Broadband ProjectTelling Tales of Engagement: The Wray Broadband Project Telling Tales of Engagement: The Wray Broadband Project Scarebot and scARecrow Time Machine
The Knowledge Exchange: An Interactive ConferenceThe Knowledge Exchange: An Interactive Conference The Knowledge Exchange: An Interactive Conference An interactive conference, which took place on the 26th and 27th of September 2013 that explored academic ...
The PLACE LabThe PLACE Lab The PLACE Lab Places and Spaces
Urban FuturesUrban Futures Urban Futures Sustainable Regeneration - from evidence-based urban futures to implementation

Latest Updates

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Six open innovation platform case studies have been written for the OpTex project, which cover Fab Labs, Facemooc, LEGO Ideas, MIT Media Lab, .Net Gadgeteer and P&G Connect + Develop.

Innventia, a research and development company in Sweden are working towards an open innovation platform...Read full update

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

The event marked the lunch of the ProtoPolicy Design Fictions

In a launch event held on Monday the 7th of July at the Palace of Westminster, the AHRC-funded Protopolicy project, presented the Design Fictions that emerged through the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth. The...Read full update

New TimeTape tool for Planning

New TimeTape tool for Planning

The TimeTape tools are rolls of paper tape printed with different divisions of time, including a working day and a working week to help groups plan activities and projects.

The tape material is similar to masking tape, which means it can be easily torn, stuck to any surface and when...Read full update

Seeking applicants for Senior Research Associate position on the Liveable Cities project

Seeking applicants for Senior Research Associate position on the Liveable Cities project

Interested in making cities more liveable? Have a background in urban design, architecture or design management? This job might be for you!

ImaginationLancaster seeks to appoint a Senior Research Associate to work on an EPSRC funded Liveable Cities project. The project is an ambitious...Read full update

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

The IDEAS for Impact project recently added two new free downloadable tools to the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox website.

The tools are the Superheroes and the Intro Cards, which have both been designed by IDEAS for Impact and put to use in many successful workshops, including workshops...Read full update