LDoc Keynote: Prof Rachel Cooper, Design for Growth and Prosperity


LDoc Keynote: Prof Rachel Cooper, 18 June 2015, RCA, London

The London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) is delighted to invite you to its third Keynote Lecture. Professor Rachel Cooper of Lancaster University will be speaking at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Campus on 18 June from 6.30pm.  The Lecture will be of interest to design postgraduates in particular.   You are warmly invited to join us for refreshments afterwards.

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Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, where she is also Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and co-Director of ImaginationLancaster – an open and exploratory design-led research centre, conducting research into people, products, places and their interactions.

Her topic is Design for Growth and Prosperity: the Role of Design Research.  The global challenges that face contemporary society are as great as ever, climate change, demographics, ageing populations in the west, poverty and unemployment amongst the young, social cohesion, and the movement of everything. What can design and design research contribute to these challenges? Designers both contribute to the problems but can also provide solutions. There is a broader role design can play in shaping society and business, co-design and public involvement. Design is an enabler, helping to unlock latent creativity, developing solutions to problems and shaping the future. Design research no longer resides in silos of disciplines such as product design, graphic design, it moves across boundaries to address Issues such as sustainability, wellbeing and health, as well as all aspects of innovation. Design research does not operate in isolation, in conjunction with science and social science there are significant opportunities to address global challenges. This presentation will address some of these issues with examples of current research.