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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
  • 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
  • A rapid design-led approach to innovation readiness: Advantages and challenges, Gribbin, J., Spencer, N., Bailey, M. 3 Aug 2018, DMI Academic Design Management Conference ADMC18
  • From conflict to catalyst, Sterling, N., Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Lampitt Adey, K., Chatzakis, E., Hornby, J. 3 Aug 2018, Academic Design Management Conference ADMC18
  • From wicked problem to design problem, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Chatzakis, E., Lampitt Adey, K., Sterling, N., Smith, N. 28 Jun 2018, Proceedings of DRS 2018: Catalyst, Design Research Society
  • 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
  • Exploring Design Specific Factors For Building Longer Term Industry Relationships, Putri, M., Aftab, M., Bailey, M., Spencer, N. 1 Nov 2017, 7th International Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR)
  • Social Value Creation through Multidisciplinary Design Education, Kyffin, S., Aftab, M., Spencer, N. 1 Nov 2017, International Association of Societies of Design Research 5th World Conference on Design Research
  • What on earth is responsible innovation anyway? (And how to teach it), Spencer, N., Bailey, M., Smith, N., Davidson, J., Sams, P. 7 Sep 2017, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, The Design Society
  • A design-relevant mindfulness device, Rojas, F., English, S., Young, R., Spencer, N. 6 Sep 2017, In: The Design Journal


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