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Lecturer in Urban Futures

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £35,210 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Friday 02 August 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 12 September 2019
Reference:  A2741

Ranked as a top 10 UK university (in The Times, Guardian and Complete University league tables) and one of the top universities in the world, Lancaster University continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally.

The main campus is situated on the southern outskirts of Lancaster and is set in 250 acres of landscaped parkland, close to the lively, friendly and historic city of Lancaster. The campus is 30 miles south of the Lake District, 20 miles east of the Yorkshire Dales, and even closer to the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde. It is one hour’s drive from Manchester and about 21⁄2 hours by train from London.

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) encompasses Lancaster’s teaching and research activities in Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Theatre. LICA is a vibrant and highly supportive learning environment where a strong research ethos underpins and shapes everything we do. We are committed to leading interdisciplinary and international research in contemporary arts.

We are constantly placed in the top ten of our respective subject league tables in the UK demonstrating our commitment to the quality of our teaching. Our students value the real-world focus that we support through visiting practitioners, placements, projects with external organisations and off site visits. With a strong outward focus and excellent links in the creative sectors students can make the best possible connections with individuals and organisations outside of the University.

We have two research centres in LICA; Insight a creative research centre with disciplinary bases in Fine Art, Theatre, Film, Dance and Sound that focuses on making meaning in the arts; and ImaginationLancaster where the project Beyond Imagination will be based.

ImaginationLancaster has been established since 2006 is research led with a world leading research team and over 50% of all design students undertaking a PhD programme and cross disciplinary design research. ImaginationLancaster staff have published 40 books, created over 100 design artefacts and 25 exhibitions, and between just 2013-18 we have produced 157 publications of which 10% are in the Top Citation Percentiles, and 19% are in the Top Journal Percentiles. Since 2006 we have secured £55m in research funding. We have now been successful in our proposal for Beyond Imagination, a new research project to scale up ImaginationLancaster.

Beyond Imagination Research Project

Beyond Imagination, a radical £13.2 million 3 year research project, will explore and demonstrate how cutting-edge design research can create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world. It will enable ImaginationLancaster to expand its expertise and reach.

Funded by Research England, the bold and engaging Beyond Imagination project will put design research at Lancaster firmly on the global map, transforming the University’s ImaginationLancaster design team with 30 new roles – a significant increase.

The three-year project will provide fresh perspectives on real world challenges focusing on five key Clusters: home and living; communities and the public sector; factory and workplaces; cities and urban; and population and policy. And four themes sustainability, health, international and prosperity. It will address current global challenges such as Ageing Society, Artificial Intelligence and Data, Clean Growth, Health and Wellbeing - and it will also identify and tackle future emerging challenges.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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