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The Power of Design

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

Rachel Cooper

In this seminar from the School of Art & Design, Prof. Dr Rachel Cooper OBE from Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, University of Lancaster will discuss design education, design research and design practice.

  • From: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 12.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: Barnes Wallis 005A and 005B, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham NG1 4FQ,
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This presentation will reflect design education, design research and design practice, it will draw on research undertaken on the value of design, and other large research interdisciplinary projects driven by design, leading to a reflection on the future for design education and research.


Prof. Dr Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is a Director of ImaginationLancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions, and also Chair of Lancaster institute for the Contemporary Arts. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities' and 'The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment'. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design.

She just completed on Liveable Cities, a £5m funded six-year research programme working to identify design and engineering solutions that will lead to low-carbon, resource-secure, future cities in which societal wellbeing is prioritised. Also ‘The Creative Exchange’, a £3m three year programme  looking at the growth of the creative industries through exploring the ‘digital public space' and a new types of PhD’s programme.  She has recently begun work on 'Internet of Things' (IoT) Hub  as Lancaster University lead in a UCL led consortium that has received £9.8 million support from EPSRC as part of a £40 million investment programme from UK Government.

Professor Cooper has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations. She was a member of Infrastructure and Environment Strategic Advisory Team (to 2005)and a member of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research (EPSRC) Strategic Advisory Network Council (EPSRC) until 2015. Professor Cooper was UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) panel convenor for visual arts and media practice, history, theory Postgraduate awards between 2000 & 2005, and sat on the Council of the AHRC (2000/10). She was a member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise Panel for Art and Design in 2008 and 2014 chaired the research review panel for art, design architecture and media for Aalto University, (2009) and is currently chair of Aalto School of Arts  Strategic Advisory Board and was a member of the Research Assessment exercise for Gothenburg University 2010. In 2011 she was invited to be a member of the European Design Innovation Initiative Leadership Board that produced recommendations on Design for Prosperity and Growth for the EU. She was a member of the Blackett Review of the Internet of Things 2014.

She is a also Non executive Director of the Future Cities Catapult, a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and a member of RCA Council. Professor Cooper was a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities, was on the Academy of Medical Sciences Working group addressing ‘The Health of the Public 2040’ (2015/16)  and is a member of the Partnership for Prevention Sciences Steering Group. She is the Royal Society representative member of the Scientific Committee for Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment – an International Council for Science Programme co-sponsored with the United Nations University (UNU) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP).

Event Information

This event is hosted by Dr Iryna Kuksa and Professor Tom Fisher from the School of Art and Design in Barnes Wallis 005A/005B, City Campus. The seminar will start at 12:30 however some light refreshments are available beforehand. For any queries please contact Iryna Kuksa

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Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street
Nottingham NG1 4FQ

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