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Dr Nick Spencer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria School of Design

ADSS Nicholas Spencer Staffprofile 255Nicholas is Programme Leader for the MA/MSc Multidisciplinary Innovation programme. In this role Nicholas helps to develop international educational partnerships that develop new forms of innovation for external commercial and third sector organizations through novel academic, student and community co-creation. Nicholas' first degree is in industrial design and his Doctorate focused on expert designers' experience of practice. Teaching design research into the Design Department's Postgraduate provision and supervising Doctoral Research programmes supports and is supported by the personal research focus of developing new understandings of networked design intelligence.


  • Design Studies PhD March 31 2009
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL November 04 2004
  • Design Studies BA (Hons) June 30 2002

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A design-led approach to transforming wicked problems into design situations and opportunities, Bailey, M., Chatzakis, E., Spencer, N., Lampitt Adey, K., Sterling, N., Smith, N. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Design, Business & Society
  • Slow knowledge in the ‘real world’, Hemstock, O., Spencer, N. 31 May 2019, In: The Design Journal
  • Social Value Creation through Multidisciplinary Design Education, Kyffin, S., Aftab, M., Spencer, N. 22 May 2019, Re:Research, Bristol, Intellect
  • The Why and How of Design-led Multidisciplinary Innovation Education, Bailey, M., Spencer, N. 5 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Design Education
  • A rapid design-led approach to innovation readiness: Advantages and challenges, Gribbin, J., Spencer, N., Bailey, M. 18 Jul 2018
  • A Rapid Design‐Led Approach to Innovation Readiness: Advantages and Challenges, Gribbin, J., Spencer, N., Bailey, M. 1 Oct 2018, In: Design Management Journal
  • Beyond disciplines: Can design approaches be used to develop education for jobs that don't yet exist?, Bailey, M., Pearce, A., Spencer, N., Mihelic, K., Harney, B., Dziewanowska, K. 6 Sep 2018, DS 93: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2018), The Design Society
  • Framing Strategic Value por meio de Design-led Innovation Practice, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Smith, N., Aftab, M., Knott, C., Sams, P. 8 Aug 2018, In: Project Design Management
  • Framing strategic value through design-led innovation practice, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Smith, N., Aftab, M., Knott, C., Sams, P. 22 May 2018, DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference, The Design Society

PGR Supervision

  • Nesrin Elmarakbi Start: 01/03/2020
  • Oliver Hemstock Exploring the strategic value of slow design: understanding the practice of slow design, and investigating its potential to create value in the commercial setting Start: 01/10/2015
  • Ashleigh Bentham Start: 01/10/2015


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