Projects per year
My research relates to Design for Social Innovation. Specifically, my work engages with the complexities of transition; the conflicting views and influence of different people and organisations and their collective roles in realising fairer, responsible and more rewarding futures. Through a practice based approach my research explores how capabilities can be developed and embedded that initiate desirable transition and help non-design experts to continue an appropriate design practice within their professional or community setting.
I have expertise in Design Thinking and Design Innovation, topics I am invited to speak about to academic, corporate and public sector audiences. I am often commissioned to lead projects that bring the public and multiple organisations together to examine and respond creatively and strategically to complex situations. I am part of a range of significant European networks interested in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and leverage these to support the scaling and dissemination of new practice and exciting initiatives.
Design Studies, PhD
31 Mar 2009 → 31 Dec 2099
Award Date: 31 Mar 2009
Teaching & Learning, PCAPL
4 Nov 2004 → 31 Dec 2099
Award Date: 4 Nov 2004
Design Studies, BA (Hons)
30 Jun 2002 → 31 Dec 2099
Award Date: 30 Jun 2002
1/02/20 → 31/07/22
Spencer, N. & Bailey, M., 31 Dec 2020, In: International Journal of Design. 14, 3, p. 69-83 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Bailey, M., Chatzakis, E., Spencer, N., Lampitt Adey, K., Sterling, N. & Smith, N., 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Design, Business & Society. 5, 1, p. 95-127 33 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile84 Downloads (Pure)
Slow knowledge in the ‘real world’: Using slow practice to actively engage commercial collaborators in doctoral researchHemstock, O. & Spencer, N., 31 May 2019, In: The Design Journal. 22, sup1, p. 885-900 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
Kyffin, S., Aftab, M. & Spencer, N., 22 May 2019, Re:Research: Design and the Creation of Social Value. Muratovski, G. & Vogel, C. (eds.). Bristol: Intellect, Vol. 3.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Bailey, M. & Spencer, N., 5 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Design Education. 13, 4, p. 89-109 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile196 Downloads (Pure)