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
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 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
Farewell to Fusion!Farewell to Fusion! Farewell to Fusion! Imagination concludes the highly successful Fusion project...
Fields of GreenFields of Green Fields of Green Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities
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 ...
LeapfrogLeapfrog Leapfrog Leapfrog – transforming public sector consultation by design is a £1.2 million 3 year Arts and Humanities ...
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.
PROUDPROUD PROUD Working with designers, businesses, academics and the public to promote innovation through new types of ...
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
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
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
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 Communities for Early Career Academics

Engaging Communities for Early Career Academics

IDEAS for Impact ran a session to help early career academics engage with communities outside Lancaster University as part of OED's training programme.

IDEAS for Impact ran a third training session on engaging with communities for early career academics, which was part of a programme of...Read full update

Keynote by Sara Parkin OBE

Keynote Title: Sustainability Literacy in Life and Design

This keynote will look at ways of conceptualising the problems we face as a society, so that the solutions become more apparent. It considers strategies and tools for deciding and acting in a way that favours sustainability in...Read full update

Keynote by Dorothy Mackenzie

Keynote Title: Envisioning the Circular Economy: the role of design in focusing on future opportunities

The circular economy is attracting a lot of interest from businesses and government. However, much discussion is theoretical, abstracted and generalised, making it hard for individual...Read full update

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

There seems to be an emerging case that some challenges of engaging with young people are universal, across all types of engagement, from one-to-one working up to national policy. As unlikely as this seems our tentative analysis of our first activity exploring public sector engagement with young...Read full update

Tracking Inspiration at the V&A

Tracking Inspiration at the V&A

Following the 'Fostering Creativity' workshop for the V&A Museum, IDEAS for Impact has produced a tool for tracking the team's inspiration.

At the end of February, the IDEAS for Impact team ran a workshop for the Schools, Families and Young People team at the Victoria and Albert Museum in...Read full update

Registration Now Open!

Upcoming Eventin 1 month and 7 days

2nd of July 2015, LICA Building, Lancaster University

You can now register for the Design PhD Conference 2015.

To register for the Design PhD Conference 2015, please register and pay the appropriate conference fee via Lancaster University's Online Store. You can register for: ...Read full update