Nick Spencer

Associate Professor

nick.spencer@northumbria.ac.uk
Northumbria University Research Portal

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.

Nick's Projects

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Creative Fuse North East

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Creative Spark: Get Ready to Innovate Armenia

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Design-Led Multidisciplinary Innovation Education

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Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3

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Impact by Rapid Design

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Multi-Disciplinary Innovation for Social Change

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Policymaking and HCI

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Salon: Rethinking the Future

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Unilever|Northumbria Partnership

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