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, personal information management, information design and visualisation.

His recent work has focused on enabling people to collaborate and think in new ways, particularly through tools designed for and co-designed by communities. 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 seeing, working and thinking. Recent funded projects include The Creative Exchange (AHRC) and Leapfrog (AHRC), both revolving around researching and proposing new ways, means and languages of collaboration.

Updates and Outcomes

Hack Lancaster: A 24hr hackathon in celebration of local data in Lancaster.

Event2 years, 8 months and 21 days ago
Hack Lancaster: A 24hr hackathon in celebration of local data in Lancaster.

29th of November 2014, A-wing, Lancaster Castle

As part of the ongoing ‘Beyond the Castle’ project, Lancaster City and County Councils will be running an intensive hack day in Lancaster Castle at the end of this month.

The hackathon will bring together local coders,...Read full update

Come and work with us! Funded PhD in Social Media research

Come and work with us! Funded PhD in Social Media research

Imagination is looking for someone interested in exploiting the potential of social media to share information and promote collaboration as part of a new project called Leapfrog. This 3 year £1.25million AHRC project will explore how we can help more people be more creative and collaborative with a...Read full update

Evaluation of New Facilitation Tools

Evaluation of New Facilitation Tools

A downloadable tool to help facilitators document and evaluate the new tools they employ in workshops and other sessions.

We make lots on new tools (or approaches or structures) in Imagination and we are very keen to share these tools with others fro them to use. In return we are really...Read full update

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

Working with the Scottish Government's Creativity Team and drawing on the research of Imagination PhD student Dee Hennessey we are tackling the challenges of workshop evaluation. Try the free resources included in this post.

As engagement with citizens, participation and collaboration become...Read full update

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Sharing and debating policy challenges for the AHRC, UK Universities and the UK Government using collaborative digital tools.

ImaginationLancaster played host to a conference for the 4 AHRC KE Hubs for the Creative Economy, bringing together researchers from Creative Works London, REACT, CX...Read full update

Creative Facilitation in Research, FASS Workshop Event

Event2 years, 8 months and 12 days ago
Creative Facilitation in Research, FASS Workshop Event

8th of December 2014, ImaginationLab, LICA Building

Creative Facilitation in Research: Tools and Techniques for Engaging Individuals, Groups and Communities

12:30 - 16:00, 8th December 2014, ImaginationLab, LICA The IDEAS for Impact project is offering all academics and...Read full update

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

Working with the Scottish Government's Creativity Team and drawing on the research of Imagination PhD student Dee Hennessey we are tackling the challenges of workshop evaluation. Try the free resources included in this post.

As engagement with citizens, participation and collaboration become...Read full update

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Sharing and debating policy challenges for the AHRC, UK Universities and the UK Government using collaborative digital tools.

ImaginationLancaster played host to a conference for the 4 AHRC KE Hubs for the Creative Economy, bringing together researchers from Creative Works London, REACT, CX...Read full update

Creative Facilitation in Research, FASS Workshop Event

Event2 years, 8 months and 12 days ago
Creative Facilitation in Research, FASS Workshop Event

8th of December 2014, ImaginationLab, LICA Building

Creative Facilitation in Research: Tools and Techniques for Engaging Individuals, Groups and Communities

12:30 - 16:00, 8th December 2014, ImaginationLab, LICA The IDEAS for Impact project is offering all academics and...Read full update

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

Additive Manufacturing Workshop

Additive Manufacturing Workshop

Last month, the IDEAS for Impact project delivered a workshop that brought together people from all faculties of the university sharing interests and experience in additive manufacturing technology.

Workshop participants had the opportunity to talk to the whole group about their specific...Read full update

IDEAS for Impact First Tweetup

IDEAS for Impact First Tweetup

3…2…1 Blastoff! IDEAS for Impact Tweet up launches for the first time.

Wednesday saw the first physical meeting of the Ideas for Impact twitter followers (with a few non-tweeters we affectionately agreed could be 'email dodos'). The tweetup brought together people from across the university...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 ...