Gemma Coupe

Impact Manager for Beyond Imagination

+44 (0) 7980 308 069


Beyond Imagination is a radical £13.2 million 3 year research project at ImaginationLancaster funded by Research England to explore and demonstrate how cutting-edge design research can create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world.

As Impact Manager I focus on developing and nurturing key strategic partnerships in collaboration with theme and cluster leads. I lead on the development and and organisation of Impact events and on the development and delivery of the Communications Strategy and PR to promote research outcomes at a local and national and international level. I also work with the Evaluation PDRA and PhD to deliver a range of activities designed to evaluate research outcomes.

I joined ImaginationLancaster 2012 as Design Manager for EU INTERREG PROUD project and then the the AHRC Leapfrog project. My role as Design Manager focussed on activating citizens, public sector and community partners to participate in co-design projects. Facilitating these complex collaborative design process across strategic, management and operational strands in order for new and innovative solutions to emerge with collective ownership of outcomes.