N8: New Thinking from the North

Stimulating reinvention and influencing economic growth across the North

The N8 Research Partnership www.n8research.org.uk, a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) in undertaking an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project to identify ways in which academics, practitioners in the arts and humanities and local authorities can collaborate to stimulate reinvention and influence economic growth across the North.

As part of the ‘New Thinking from the North’ project the N8 and its partners will hold a series of workshops addressing four key themes:

  • Digital North – looking at how digital is being used to create and sustain culture, identity and community in the North.
  • Heritage North – looking at the heritage economy in the North and how heritage-based regeneration affects communities.
  • Sustainable North – looking at how the economic, social and environmental development of the North are connected and how they can be made sustainable and resilient
  • Imaginative North – looking at how the imagination is being used to influence social and cultural development in the North.

The project is led by Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Liverpool.

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Project Team

EvansEvans Martyn Evans Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development
DunnDunn Nick Dunn Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation
CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
Professor Dinah Birch Professor Dinah Birch Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Liverpool

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Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Forty-five arts and humanities practitioners, academics and funding partners gathered at a N8 event in Lancaster to participate in a workshop that explored how the imagination is being used to influence social and cultural development in the North.

The event, ‘Imaginative North’ was the fourth...Read full update

Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

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Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

21st of November 2013, LICA Building, Lancaster University

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its fourth workshop in Lancaster

Creativity and innovation occur at the boundaries of our imagination. But how do we channel this to develop our ideas and research? This...Read full update

Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

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Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

30th of October 2013, The Biospheric Foundation, Irwell House, Philip St, Salford M3 7LE

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its third workshop in Manchester

The future of the North lies in its capacity to imagine, develop and enact economic, social,...Read full update

Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

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Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

19th of September 2013, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its second workshop in Sheffield

The Sheffield workshop focussed on the digital and the aim of this workshop was to explore the rich and varied...Read full update

Heritage North, Durham University - 09 July 2013

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Heritage North, Durham University - 09 July 2013

9th of July 2013, Durham University

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its first workshop in Durham

Heritage-led regeneration initiatives have been a defining feature of the last 25 years across the North of England and – in common with the digital, though in a...Read full update

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