Professor Rachel Cooper OBE, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University, UK

Health and the City: the role of design and research

Rachel will discuss the challenges facing our health and wellbeing in the city and the role design and design research can take in addressing future challenges, drawing her own work on this topic.

Professor Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper

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 – a design led research lab, researching products, places and systems for the future.

Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, she has a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She is currently Principal Investigator on the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Knowledge Exchange Hub The Creative Exchange and co-Investigator for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Liveable Cities.

Professor Cooper is a member of the European Design Innovation Leadership board, and acts as advisor to several European universities. She is a non-executive Director of the Future Cities Catapult, and a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities.

Professor Cooper has written and co-written extensively in the field of Design, including The Design Agenda (1995), Creative Product Design (2000), The Design Experience (2003), Process Management in Design and Construction (2004), Designing Sustainable Cities (2009), Constructing Futures (2010), The Handbook of Design Management (2011), and is currently commissioning editor for a Gower series on Socially Responsible Design.  Her latest book is Wellbeing and the Environment (Wiley Blackwell, 2014).

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