Design PhD Conference 2015
Lancaster University, 2-3 July 2015
We would like to invite you to the Design PhD Conference 2015, co-hosted by the ImaginationLancaster Creative Research Centre at Lancaster University and the Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University. Since its inception in 2008, this conference has provided an exceptional forum for Design PhD researchers from around the world to present their work, network with other researchers and businesses, and learn about the variety of approaches being used today within the Design PhD.
The conference offers an opportunity for researchers and businesses to meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, and learn about the latest developments in design thinking, methods and research projects. We welcome attendees from PhD and Masters programmes as well as from the private, public and third sectors.
Better by Design: Environment, Society & Self
Design in the 21st century has a responsibility to address the critical issues affecting society and the natural environment while also striving to create more personally meaningful notions of material culture. The last century’s ideas of progress and innovation yielded an ever-growing culture of waste, pollution and social inequity. This model still dominates our culture. As populations grow and the natural environment continues to degrade, with little political will for substantive change, there is a need not only to develop new, better ways forward, but also to manifest and demonstrate alternative possibilities. The applied arts can play an important role in this arena in visualising a world that is Better by Design – better for the environment, better for society and better for each of us as individuals.
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