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 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 ...
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
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 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 RoutesDesign Routes Design Routes Envisioning the future of culturally significant designs, products and practices
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 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
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 ...
Brief EncountersBrief Encounters Brief Encounters An AHRC Network project to explore new forms of collaborative design processes
CheckinDJCheckinDJ CheckinDJ The first crowdsourcing jukebox to use NFC technolog.
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
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.
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

Engaging With Design, a Confessional

Engaging With Design, a Confessional

We were invited to deliver a workshop hosted by the Creativity Team within the Scottish Government, who are responsible for organisational development, leadership and learning. The workshop aimed to explore the value design can bring to public sector activities.

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Interactive xylophone rings the changes for Ryelands Park

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Interactive xylophone rings the changes for Ryelands Park

20th of August 2014, Market Square, Lancaster, UK

We will be showcasing the 2nd version of our interactive xylophone in Lancaster City Centre (Market Square) on Wednesday the 20th of August

Following the successful testing of an interactive xylophone in Ryelands Park earlier...Read full update

Amazing and Disastrous Group Work

Amazing and Disastrous Group Work

Honest insights into the challenges and benefits of group work were shared by local government officers across Lancashire, all who have elements of public consultation, planning or group work in their roles as they took part in the last of the 'Working With Groups' event series at...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

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Using arts, crafts and Lego to creating enticing generative interview probes

Capturing data 'in the wild' (non-lab based environments) is always a challenge, as attracting participants for short interviews or data capture is extremely difficult. Associate research members of the 'Behaviours...Read full update