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Nick Spencer

Associate Professor of Design Innovation

Associate Professor of Design Innovation now has a permanent desk in 201. His research is interested in the application of design to navigate contested futures within complex social and organisational situations contributing to our understanding of Design for Social Innovation. Through a practice approach this 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. Spencer helps lead a network of researchers and practitioners as part of the COST Action (CA18236) investigating design approaches to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and supports the DESIS Lab at Northumbria as part of the international network Design for Social Innovation for Sustainability.



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Creative and collaborative reflective thinking to support policy deliberation and decision making, Spaa, A., Spencer, N., Durrant, A., Vines, J. 1 May 2022, In: Evidence and Policy

Design-led Innovation Readiness: priming small to medium-sized enterprises for strategic innovation, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Carrion-Weiss, J., Arakelyan, A., Carter, A. 25 Apr 2022, 23rd DMI: Academic Design Management Conference

Innovation Constellations as a systems approach to social design infrastructuring, Spencer, N., Simmons, H., Bailey, M., Hemstock, O., Carrion-Weiss, J. 3 Aug 2022, dmi: ADMC2022: Design as a Strategic Asset, Cambridge, US, Design Management Institute

Introduction: An Overview of the Research, Păunescu, C., Lepik, K., Spencer, N. 5 Jan 2022, Social Innovation in Higher Education, Cham, Switzerland, Springer

Multidisciplinary innovation Armenia: explorations in design-led multidisciplinary enterprise education, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Carrion-Weiss, J., Arakelyan, A. 8 Sep 2022, DS 117: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2022), London South Bank University in London, UK. 8th – 9th September 2022, The Design Society

Social Innovation in Higher Education: Landscapes, Practices, and Opportunities, Paunescu, C., Lepik, K., Spencer, N. 5 Jan 2022

Three degrees of influence in virtual workshops: towards an understanding of co-creative facilitation practice in technologically mediated settings, Hemstock, O., Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Simmons, H. 5 Apr 2022, DRS2022

Design Listening: what designers hear and how they respond, Carrion-Weiss, J., Bailey, M., Spencer, N. 10 Sep 2021, With design: IASDR 2021 Conference Proceedings, Cham, Switzerland, Springer

Design for Complex Situations: Navigating ‘Matters of Concern’, Spencer, N., Bailey, M. 31 Dec 2020, In: International Journal of Design

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