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An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.


Northern Futures 'Open Ideas Day'

Northern Futures 'Open Ideas Day'

Imagination Lancaster hosts 'open ideas' day to generate future visions for the North

On the 16th October Imagination Lancaster facilitated an 'open ideas day' for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Lancaster was one of  eight Northern cities invited to produce a range of future...Read full update

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Articleby Christopher Boyko, Rachel Cooper
Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

New paper available on early release at: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/article/10.1680/udap.13.00034 ...Read full article

Blog post on Designing Sustainability.

Stuart Walker's blog post on his new book, Designing Sustainability is available at the publisher's website.

Designing Sustainability: Making radical changes in a material world ...Read full update

Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters, Laura Morris
Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Working in close collaboration with the Creativite Team in the Scotish Goverment, Imagination ran a workshop to explore some possibilities of creative evaluation. With a group of experts in engagement, facilitation and consultation, Imagination presented 2 draft prototype tools for discussion and critique. The first of these was aimed directly at faciliators. ...Read full article

Design Days – What is Co-Design Anyway

Design Days – What is Co-Design Anyway

A workshop for the European Union sponsored Design Days event

The EU Design Days event lead by the ERRIN is growing in impact and significance across Europe and on a wider international scale. The two-day event held in the Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels on 24th to the 26th...Read full update

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Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD… http://t.co/xpNGbC6DgA via @martyn_evans

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Putting people first Report outlines future of UK social design research http://t.co/HblETpu2Mc from @ahrcpress via @uniofbrighton + @V_and

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At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying http://t.co/kJ6vx8bjU7 via @userexperience

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First look at Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery | News http://t.co/H9GBTWWjMm from @design_week

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LC News 22nd October 2014 - Liveable Cities http://t.co/lZzht6nVEw via @SUEResearch

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Why one design business told Lord Sugar “you’re fired” | Industry Voice http://t.co/5dFs7Wotny from @Design_Week

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'Internet of things' data should be 'treated as personal data', say privacy watchdogs http://t.co/gFHiENX3ID via @Freerange_Inc

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