PhD Programme

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

With extensive experience of PhD supervision, we support a range of specialised design-led research. Our research expertise includes: design management, design for sustainability, product and industrial design, digital and interaction design, speculative design, service design, design policy, branding, urban design and co-design.

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 research methods, development, analysis and communication. Our PhD programme 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.

PhD Application Process

If you're interested in applying for a PhD at Lancaster University and Imagination, feel free to explore our staff profiles to learn more about our research interests and ongoing projects.

Please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas before submitting a formal application.

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.

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 Speculative Design, Design Fiction, Game Design, Design as Rhetoric, Research through Design, Design Futures, Play, Toys
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, Design Fictions, Speculative Design, Future Cities
HandsHands David Hands Design Policy Development; Design Briefing; Design Leadership; Designing against Crime; New Product Development.
TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design Interactions, Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Co-Design, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Design for Change
WalkerWalker Stuart Walker Design for Sustainability ; Design, Meaning and Inner Values
WhithamWhitham Roger Whitham Human-Computer Interaction, Visualisation, Interactive Structures, Collaborative Tools, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation

Current PhD Students

abu Lawiabu Lawi Rawa abu Lawi Healing Environment, Interior design, Interior Architecture, Design For Children,Cognitive and Perception, co-design, co-creation, Children's Hospital Design
AlterAlter Hayley Alter Design PhD for Leapfrog
BullBull Christopher Bull Software Engineering Studios
CarolanCarolan Natasha Carolan On-demand manufacture and creative commerce
Ellis GrayEllis Gray Selina Ellis Gray Remains in the System: Designing technologies at End of Life
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
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
KimKim Seo Young Kim City branding, City image, Strategic design, Cultural production, Brand communication
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
PauPau Agnes Pau Packaging Design, Online Retailing, Sustainable Design
PollastriPollastri Serena Pollastri Visual Conversations on Futures and Cities. Understanding collaborative representational processes.
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