Dr Roger Whitham

Whitham
Lecturer
Human-Computer Interaction, Visualisation, Interactive Structures, Collaborative Tools, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation
r [dot] whitham [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Roger is a designer and a researcher with a range of commercial and academic experience. His research interests revolve around designing interaction; physical, digital, human-to-computer and human-to-human. He has research and commercial experience in user interface design, user experience design, information design and visual communication.

His recent work has focused on enabling people to collaborate and think in new ways, creating tools that facilitate this directly along, accompanied by other tools that allow anyone to plan and facilitate collaborative activities. Underlying this is a deep interest in the technologies we use to hold information and structure the activity we do every day. The tools we design and the technologies we develop are a fundamental part of this picture, with new tools and new technologies opening up new ways of working and thinking.

Updates and Outcomes

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

A Paper on Designing Knowledge Exchange is Presented at the 2012 DMI Conference

Last week, on Wednesday 8th August, a paper co-written by three members of the New IDEAS team was presented at the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference.  ...Read full update

Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange and the Design of Knowledge Exchange Design

OutcomeConference Paper
Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange and the Design of Knowledge Exchange Design

The paper was written for the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference, organised by DMI and presented at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, USA on 8th August 2012.  Abstract ...More information

Platform Development

Platform Development

Multi-user platform in development, allowing collaborative data to be created and visualised using a suite of software and hardware tools.

We’re building a new piece of software here at Imagination, put simply it’s a “tool-kit architecture” but it has the promise of being so much more. Think...Read full update

Brief Encounter Workshop

Brief Encounter Workshop

Academics from around the UK and Europe attend a workshop with industry representatives to explore the possibilities to make distributed and digitally augmented design more effective and fun.

This one day workshop brought together academics for a wide range of institutions including Cambridge...Read full update

CX Funded PhD Studentships

Lancaster University is seeking to recruit five PhD students to participate in an exciting collaborative project with a range of academic and industrial partners in the creative and digital industries.

The five studentships are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via The...Read full update

Imagination Lab 2013

Imagination Lab 2013

Develop a strategy to use design to break a world record!

As a practice-based intensive deep-dive experience, this year’s Imagination Lab has set a major challenge for students. The focus of this year’s challenge is to ‘develop a strategy to use design to break a world record’. Initially this...Read full update

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Workshop Series: Next Generation Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Embedding new sustainability thinking into day-to-day activities of civil engineering can result in substantial social, economic and environmental benefits for all stakeholders, but, to date, sustainability in consulting engineering is still more of a reactive activity than a proactive one. Through...Read full update

The Future of TV

Event6 years, 1 month and 2 days ago
The Future of TV

28th of March 2011, Imagination Lancaster

The Future of TV-workshop brought together experts from BBC’s R&D (Research and Development) section and students from the doctoral programme HighWire at Lancaster University

Together participants generated visions beyond today’s use...Read full update

UK Future Infrastructure Workshop

Event6 years, 3 months and 18 days ago
UK Future Infrastructure Workshop

11th of January 2011, BIS, London

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A Celebration of Innovation

A Celebration of Innovation

This event concluded the IDEAS at Daresbury series of engagement activities. Decision makers from regional and national funding bodies were brought together to disseminate the project. ...Read full update

Report: Beyond Networking - Knowledge, Exchange and Innovation

This booklet seeks to highlight, frame and hopefully start to answer many of the issues around creativity, collaboration and growth.

This booklet has been developed following delivery of the final workshop programme Beyond Networking. Initially, it provides details of the five workshops which...Read full update

Connect Workshop

Event7 years, 3 months and 10 days ago
Connect Workshop

19th of January 2010

This workshop has looked at Social Networks and how value can be created through them by providing simple and hands-on tools to benefit from your contacts. Networks are, in fact, an important means through which companies can access knowledge and resources to...Read full update

The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter, Gemma Coupe
The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Tings were tribal gatherings in ancient Scandinavia and Scotland where tribes came together and facilitated by the chief discussed the key issues of the day. This notion of coming together and engaging as a group is being resurrected by a team exploring new forms of democratic renewal in the Scottish Government. ...Read full article

Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing
Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

IDEAS for Impact ran a workshop to offer strategic and practical support for academics from across Lancaster University interested in developing more impactful research. ...Read full article

Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Articleby Nick Dunn, Roger Whitham
Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Imagination Lab provided an intensive, creative environment for our MA Design Management students. The task for the five-day workshop was entitled, 'Cities as organisms: develop a strategy to use design to make them sustainable and equitable.' Each day was devised as a micro-workshop, exploring different aspects of strategic design thinking and designerly ways of approaching problems. The days were themed as follows: Context, Making,...Read full article

Future Infrastructure UK: Engineering Roadmap Final Report

Articleby Rachel Cooper, Roger Whitham, Leon Cruickshank

This report describes the results of a workshop undertaken as part of a programme of advice commissioned by Infrastructure UK to consider the interdependencies and future engineering challenges as part of an ‘engineering roadmap’ for the next National Infrastructure Plan (due to be published in autumn 2011). This plan will include specific actions needed to achieve an integrated, reliable, secure and resilient national infrastructure. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Roger Whitham's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

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 ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics undertake high impact, excellent research.
New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...