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.

PhD Supervisory Staff

CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Design, 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, Speculative Design, Future Cities
HandsHands David Hands Design Policy Development; Design Briefing; Design Leadership; Designing against Crime; New Product Development.
TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Global Challenge Design, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Digital Design
WalkerWalker Stuart Walker Design for Sustainability ; Design, Values & Spirituality
WhithamWhitham Roger Whitham Human-Computer Interaction, Collaboration, Tools, Visualisation, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation

Current PhD Students

AkmalAkmal Haider Ali Akmal Design Fiction, Speculative Design, HCI, Design Research through Philosophy, Designing for Emotion
AlterAlter Hayley Alter Design PhD for Leapfrog
CarolanCarolan Natasha Carolan On-demand manufacture and creative commerce
Engku Md AzmiEngku Md Azmi Engku Aiesyah Amirah Engku Md Azmi Small Medium Enterprises, Branding Strategy
F. GalaboF. Galabo Rosendy F. Galabo Co-design, creative engagement tools, knowledge exchange design
GaoGao Zitong Gao Design Management for the digital age, New Product Development, User-centered Design
HuangHuang Yujia Huang Design Thinking, Creative Enterprise, Experience Design, Design strategy, Consumer Behaviors, Omni-channel Retailing
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
LeeLee Boyeun Lee Design PhD for PETRAS
Mustaffa HalabiMustaffa Halabi Khairun Nisa Mustaffa Halabi PhD Student / Design and Behavioural Change, User Experience, Packaging Design, Product Design, Consumer Behaviour
ParivarParivar Meg Parivar Design against crime interventions, Loss prevention, Design strategy, User experience design, Product design and development
PauPau Agnes Pau Packaging Design, Online Retailing, Sustainable Design
Pérez OjedaPérez Ojeda David Pérez Ojeda Design Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Strategic Design
RazaliRazali Amirul Razali Automotive Design, Public Transportation, Active Commuting Strategies through Design, Identity in Product Design, Societies and Culture-related components in Product Design.
ScottScott Kakee Scott Sustainability, consumption, design for new economics
StewartStewart Hannah Stewart Commons based peer to peer communities, Makers, Non-market based economies, Governance, Digital Public Space, Data accumulation
WangWang Yueyi (Joy) Wang Design Management, Fashion Business Management, Design Innovation, Co-branding strategy, New product development process
WareingWareing Laura Wareing PhD in Design for Transformation North West
YouYou Xinya You Design thinking, Branding, Innovation, Organisation, Management
YuYu Eun Yu Understanding Service Design practices and contributions to New Service Development
ZhangZhang Wanlin Zhang Design for sustainability; Traditional making and sustainability; Crafts revival
ZhaoZhao Yuxin Zhao Urban Design; Cultural Research in Cities Development; Smart Cities; Spatial Innovation; Design Management; Visualisation;Marco regulation and zoning system;