Plenary Speaker

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

Dr. Rachel Cooper

Dr. Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, founder and a director of ImaginationLancaster, and Chair of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Dr. Cooper’s research interests include design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is currently President of the Design Research Society.

Until 2020 Dr. Cooper was Non Executive Director of the Future Cities Catapult, a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and a member of RCA Council. She is a member of Council at Norwich University of the Arts. Professor Cooper was a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities, and was on the Academy of Medical Sciences Working group addressing ‘The Health of the Public 2040’ and is a member of the Partnership for Prevention Sciences Steering Group. She is the Royal Society representative member of the Scientific Committee for Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment – an International Council for Science Programme co-sponsored with the United Nations University (UNU) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP). She is currently an advisor on the Best Commission for Healthy Cities.

She holds a PhD in Graphic Design from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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