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

An Open Invitation: Understanding Obesity in our CityAn Open Invitation: Understanding Obesity in our City An Open Invitation: Understanding Obesity in our City Learning how obesity is organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Design Fiction: The MovieDesign Fiction: The Movie Design Fiction: The Movie EPSRC Project Highlighting Imagination Research in Design Fiction
Dust BunnyDust Bunny Dust Bunny Understanding the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust by exploring hygiene ...
FictionWareFictionWare FictionWare For all your future Design Fiction needs!
G Up: Ghanaian specific design and innovation modelsG Up: Ghanaian specific design and innovation models G Up: Ghanaian specific design and innovation models Working with manufacturing and high-tech company partners to co-design new, locally tailored innovation, ...
ImaginAgingImaginAging ImaginAging Imagining a City with our Senior Citizens
IsITethical? Ethics in CrisesIsITethical? Ethics in Crises IsITethical? Ethics in Crises IsITethical? is an invitation to take time, and together support creative thinking for the complexity of ...
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
Living Design Living Design Living Design The effective use of design for sustainability in maker enterprises
Objects Of ImmersionObjects Of Immersion Objects Of Immersion AHRC funded Immersive Experiences project in conjunction with BBC R&D, Mixed Reality Lab Nottingham, FACT ...
PETRASPETRAS PETRAS Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability, and Security
Remembering Resistance: Memories of ProtestRemembering Resistance: Memories of Protest Remembering Resistance: Memories of Protest Connecting people, place and political power
SODA ProjectSODA Project SODA Project SODA Project explores the spaces and knowledges emerging from using and designing medical data together ...
The Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and WealthThe Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and Wealth The Funding Accelerator : Co-design for Health and Wealth A developmental project to assess the potential for low cost simple passive sensors and use this as the ...
Tracing TidesTracing Tides Tracing Tides Mapping flows of Morecambe Bay
What if? Design Fictions for SocietyWhat if? Design Fictions for Society What if? Design Fictions for Society Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.

Past Research Activities

A Practice-Based Approach to Sustainable Design ResearchA Practice-Based Approach to Sustainable Design Research A Practice-Based Approach to Sustainable Design Research Exploring new creative directions in product design to include sustainable principles.
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.
Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy How do we unlock the digital communication of empathy
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
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 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
Design PhD Conference 2015Design PhD Conference 2015 Design PhD Conference 2015 Better by Design: Environment, Society & Self
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
Geospatial Ontologies: PlaceGeospatial Ontologies: Place Geospatial Ontologies: Place Addressing ambiguity in geospatial concepts such as 'place'
Mapping Design Innovation EcosystemsMapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Mapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Creating a blueprint for to map and analyse their design innovation ecosystems
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
SDR UK Network SDR UK Network SDR UK Network Developing a Network for Service Design Research in UK
Stories 2 ConnectStories 2 Connect Stories 2 Connect Enabling children and young people at the margins of society to tell their own stories.
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 Spirit of Design The Spirit of Design The Spirit of Design Research that expands understandings of sustainability to include notions of personal meaning that ...
Urban FuturesUrban Futures Urban Futures Sustainable Regeneration - from evidence-based urban futures to implementation

Latest Updates

Successful pilot workshop paves the way forward

Successful pilot workshop paves the way forward

in developing future speculative design for ageing well

Fifteen older adults from Klang Valley, between 60 and 85, attended the pilot workshop that saw the deployment of speculative design as a qualitative research methodology for drawing out issues that are of greatest concern...Read full update

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

a participatory speculative design methodology in Malaysia.

The recently concluded World Urban Forum 2018(WUF) explored what thefuture of cities meant andthe different facets of urbanization. This year’sWUF emphasised the importance of community participation and promoted the...Read full update

Funding Accelerator - First Bid Writing Workshop

We will be holding our first bid writing workshop at Blackburn College on 25th January 2018.

Part of the scope of this project is a series of co-design workshops to generate ideas for funding bids and facilitate the development of robust partnership bids for those ideas for connected...Read full update

Design Fiction and the Internet of Things

Our research using Design Fiction to consider futures for the Internet of Things is featured by IOTUK

The Internet of Things is beginning to make changes in all sectors, in all parts of the UK and across the world. From applications on the factory floor, in shops, in the doctor’s surgery and...Read full update

New team tools co-designed with libraries

New team tools co-designed with libraries

Tool sharing with Cilip: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

The Leapfrog Team set off to Manchester Cilip 2017 to share tools and stories of collaboration, and the positive impact witnessed across Lancashire Libraries because of this work. Our...Read full update