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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate - Prosperity

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £27,831 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Monday 12 August 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2756

Ranked as a top 10 UK university (in The Times, Guardian and Complete University league tables), 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.  The campus is 30 miles south of the Lake District, 1 hour’s drive from Manchester and 2 ½ 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.  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 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.

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.

You will possess skills and expertise to use novel design research methods to address productivity and economic challenges in both the public and private sectors; for instance to develop new digitally orientated frameworks for business model innovation in the delivery of future products and services; to critically interrogate consumer-brand interactions and to understand how AI/Digital technologies can lead to long-term sustainable success for commercial enterprises. In essence, the researcher will be instrumental in critically examining the role of design thinking to foster business and social prosperity throughout a wide range of geo-spatial contexts. You will be able to work within interdisciplinary teams of researchers and social science colleagues and to work with partners in business, community and government.

For an informal discussion please contact Professor Leon Cruickshank on

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