PhD Programme

ImaginationLancaster provides a wide range of opportunities to undertake a design-led PhD.

Design thinking and creativity underpin our research expertise. Our projects involve research through design and the role of design within complex interdisciplinary organisations and systems. With extensive experience of PhD supervision, we support a range of specialised design-led research.

In the UK government's recent Research Assessment Exercise, our research was ranked among the top 3 in the UK for Design Theory and Design Management, with 80% of our research rated as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading.

We provide a supportive yet challenging research environment where you will develop knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary studies, research methods, propositional and interventional approaches, analysis and synthesis of research findings, and the communication of research findings to academic and professional communities.

Our PhD prepares students for careers in industry, academia, government, and research institutions. Collaboration with the industry, with communities, and with governments is encouraged. PhD candidates are supported in the dissemination of their research through publication and presentation at national and international conferences.

Staff are from a range of design backgrounds including product, 3D and industrial design, digital and interaction design, sustainable design, service design, design management, typography and graphic design, urban design, and art and social technologies.

PhD Application Process

To apply for a PhD, you will need to apply to undertake doctoral studies within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). Please visit the LICA website for full details of the application process.

ImaginationLancaster is a creative research lab in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Full details of our courses are available on the LICA website.

Current PhD Students

abu Lawiabu Lawi Rawa abu Lawi Healing Environment, Interior design, Architecture, Design For Children,Cognitive and Perception In The Children's Hospital Design
AcklinAcklin Claudia Acklin Design management absorption processes of SMEs with little or no prior design experience
BullBull Christopher Bull Software Engineering Studios
CarolanCarolan Natasha Carolan On-demand manufacture and creative commerce
ChouChou Ivy Chou Brand value, Eco-Packaging design, Visual impact, Psychology, Consumer perception
ChudasriChudasri Disaya Chudasri Design for Sustainability, Handicrafts, Design for Branding & Marketing, Collaborative Approaches, Design Management, Identity/Packaging/Graphic Designs
Ellis GrayEllis Gray Nina Ellis Gray Death in the System: The emergence of mourning practices online
GanchoGancho Sara Gancho The role of the Designer as a custodian of Brands within the Social Media space
GumusGumus Hazal Gumus Design for Sustainability, Traditional Handicrafts, Grassroots Innovation, Participatory Design
HennessyHennessy Dee Hennessy Facilitation, Improvised Facilitation, Knowledge Exchange, Design Tools
HernándezHernández Gabriel Hernández Design-based Learning: improving education through Design. Outlining best practices for driving innovation into learning.
HwangboHwangbo Hyunwook Hwangbo An examination of how approaches to product design differ nationally by examining organisational cultures: A study of East and West
IsmailIsmail Mohd Suhaimi Ismail Insight from Service Design to inform the Architectural Design Process
JungJung Je Yon Jung Design Thinking and Design Practice: Investigation into the Identity of Design through Defining the Disciplinary Core Properties of Design
KimKim Seo Young Kim City image enhancement; City branding; Thematic curation; Cultural liveliness; Official tourism websites
KooKoo Yoori Koo A design management approach for supporting the delivery of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with special reference to the electronic industry
LeeLee Yi-Chang Lee Innovative Product Design Decision-Making in SMEs
LeeLee Younjoon Lee An Investigation into Design-Driven Approaches within Fast Moving Consumer Goods Brand Development/ Design in Organisational Management, Brand Development, Design Management and Design-Driven Approaches
PauPau Agnes Pau Packaging Design, Online Retailing, Sustainable Design
PollastriPollastri Serena Pollastri Liveable Cities Project, Visual Design.
SalinasSalinas Lara Salinas Digital Public Space(s); public space; urban experience; production of space; knowledge exchange;
ScottScott Kakee Scott Sustainability, consumption, design for new economics
SmithSmith Marcia Tavares Smith Digital Clothing Manufacture
StewartStewart Hannah Stewart Commons based peer to peer communities, Makers, Non-market based economies, Governance, Digital Public Space, Data accumulation
WeiseWeise Sebastian Weise Data representation, crowd sourcing systems, participatory planning, urban design
YuYu Eun Yu Service Design as an approach to service innovation: Investigating Design perspectives on service implementation

PhD Supervisory Staff

BüscherBüscher Monika Büscher Sociology / Anthropology / Cultural studies of mobilities, Technology (futures), Video Ethnography and Design, Ethnomethodological studies
CluneClune Stephen Clune Design for Sustainability, Design and Behavioural Change
CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
CoultonCoulton Paul Coulton Phygital Design, Game Design, Design Fiction, Internet of Things, Play, Toys, Mobile UX, Gameful Design, Interaction Design, Bricolage, Social Machines
CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
DunnDunn Nick Dunn Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation
EvansEvans Martyn Evans Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development
HandsHands David Hands Design Policy Development; Design Briefing; Design Leadership; Designing against Crime; New Product Development.
MurphyMurphy Emma Murphy Design Management, Research Methodology & Methods, Branding (Organisational, Place and Services), Design Thinking, Design Procurement, Briefing Process, Design and Business.
SangiorgiSangiorgi Daniela Sangiorgi Service Design, Design for Public Services, Service Innovation
TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design Interactions, Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Change, Design for Ageing, Co-Design, Gameful Design & Gamification, Emotional Design, Digital Innovation
WalkerWalker Stuart Walker Design for Sustainability ; Design, Meaning and Inner Values