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
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 ...
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.
BARTERBARTER BARTER moBile sociAl netwoRking supporTing local Ethical tRading
Behaviours that StickBehaviours that Stick Behaviours that Stick Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
BridgeBridge Bridge Bridging resources and agencies in large-scale emergency management
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.
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
Data ArtsData Arts Data Arts An investigation into emerging approaches to visualising, interpreting and using data.
DeEP: Design in European PoliciesDeEP: Design in European Policies DeEP: Design in European Policies Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Design and Production for SustainabilityDesign and Production for Sustainability Design and Production for Sustainability Research into the nature and form of functional objects
Design PhD Conference 2013Design PhD Conference 2013 Design PhD Conference 2013 Design Research for Turbulent Times
DESIS UK NetworkDESIS UK Network DESIS UK Network Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) UK Network
European Design Innovation PlatformEuropean Design Innovation Platform European Design Innovation Platform The European Design Innovation Platform aims to increase the use of design for innovation and growth ...
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics to undertake high impact, excellent research.
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 ...
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
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 ...
Numbers that MatterNumbers that Matter Numbers that Matter Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device
PROUDPROUD PROUD Working with designers, businesses, academics and the public to promote innovation through new types of ...
SDR UK Network SDR UK Network SDR UK Network Developing a Network for Service Design Research in UK
Taking the Artwork HomeTaking the Artwork Home Taking the Artwork Home Digital Curation Through Mobile Augmented Reality
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 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 Making it Fun, Effective and Collaborative

Past Research Activities

Brief EncountersBrief Encounters Brief Encounters An AHRC Network project to explore new forms of collaborative design processes
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
Design In PracticeDesign In Practice Design In Practice Flexibility and change for healthcare service providers
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
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
Structural IDEAS Exchange Structural IDEAS Exchange Structural IDEAS Exchange Research into the exchange of knowledge exchange structures rather than the exchange of knowledge itself.
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

Working with Groups

Upcoming Eventin 6 days
Working with Groups

1st of May 2014, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Making it Fun, Effective and Collaborative

The PROUD team at ImaginationLancaster have designed a series of events designed to share experience and effective techniques with organisations that work with a range...Read full update

Can we build more enjoyable cities?

Can we build more enjoyable cities?

For blind and partially sighted people, just navigating around a city can leave them feeling tired, anxious and vulnerable. Can technology make it a seamless, enjoyable experience?

Professor Rachel Cooper, non-executive Director of Future Cities Catapult, welcomed over 150 people to the...Read full update

1st Active Parks Workshop successfully completed

1st Active Parks Workshop successfully completed

A most engaging and fun to have participated in co-design workshop

The first Active Parks co-design workshop was completed yesterday. It was very interactive and great fun! ...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Upcoming Eventin 5 days
Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

30th of April 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully-funded Health and Wellbeing in the City Design Jam organised by London Creative and Digital Fusion.

Wednesday 30th of April 2014, 09:00am – 06:00pm with an optional...Read full update

A hacktastick experience!

A hacktastick experience!

Numbers that Matter Hackathon

The Urban dictionary defines “hacktastic” as a positive statement referring to a strange or innovative programming or technical task, project or idea. ...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Upcoming Eventin 5 days
Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

30th of April 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully-funded Health and Wellbeing in the City Design Jam organised by London Creative and Digital Fusion.

Wednesday 30th of April 2014, 09:00am – 06:00pm with an optional...Read full update

Working with Groups

Upcoming Eventin 6 days
Working with Groups

1st of May 2014, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Making it Fun, Effective and Collaborative

The PROUD team at ImaginationLancaster have designed a series of events designed to share experience and effective techniques with organisations that work with a range...Read full update

Design for Societal Challenges. PROUD Forum at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, 8th May 2014.

Upcoming Eventin 13 days
Design for Societal Challenges. PROUD Forum at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, 8th May 2014.

8th of May 2014, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany

In the final year of PROUD, our Essen partner the Red Dot Design Museum is hosting the PROUD forum. This international forum aims to explore how design as a discipline reacts to social change, presenting the new tools, methods...Read full update