Dr. Emma Murphy MA (Hons), PhD

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Programme Leader, Design Innovation




Dr Emma Murphy
Programme Leader, Design Innovation

Dr Emma Murphy


Dr. Emma Murphy

Emma is Programme Leader across design innovation courses; MDes Design Innovation and Citizenship, MDes Design Innovation and Environmental Design, MDes Design Innovation and Service Design, and MSc International Management and Design Innovation.

Emma joined the Glasgow School of Art in March 2014 as Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute of Design Innovation, within the School of Design. Before this, Emma was a Lecturer in Design Management at ImaginationLancaster, a creative design research lab within Lancaster University. Emma’s research interests are based around the convergence of design, management and policy, and include design research methods and methodology, business models, design procurement and commissioning, and managing creativity and innovation.

Emma is Co-Investigator on a number of current research projects including “Taking the Artwork Home”, a £125,000 AHRC-funded project looking at engagement with the arts through digital technologies, and “Design Values”, a £230,000 AHRC-funded project exploring the role of design in innovation. She is a leading partner academic on Lancaster University’s £4m Knowledge Exchange Hub, “The Creative Exchange” and was co-chair of Lancaster University’s ServDes 2014 conference.

Emma is a keynote speaker for Westminster Business Forum, presents at international conferences and has had her work published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. She is reviewer for international academic journals including the Swedish Journal of Design Research, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour and the Design Journal.

Research methodology and methods are core to Emma’s teaching and research, and she is passionate about research approaches that are academically robust, but have impact and relevance in industry. Emma's doctoral research focused on how designers build client business-awareness. Coupled with her experience in industry and education, Emma is passionate about helping new start-ups understand the strategic value of design, and succeed in business.

Emma previously led the marketing and research workstream for cross-disciplinary design consultancy Graven, working for almost a decade with clients including BBC Scotland, Volkswagen AG and Architecture and Design Scotland. Her role encapsulated business, client and staff development, research, client liaison and project bidding.

Passionate about collaboration and knowledge exchange, Emma has worked with Culminatum Helsinki, Associate Parliamentary Design Innovation Group, the Technology Strategy Board, British Design Initiative, and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) on research to benefit education and to explore routes for better engagement between industry and academia.
She is an External Examiner at York St. John University, a Visiting Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, a Visiting Fellow at Strathclyde University, and an Associate of ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University’s creative design research lab. Her live connections with creative industries, academia, corporate and public sectors position her effectively to connect people and opportunities for mutual benefit.

Emma supervises PhD candidate Mafalda Moreira.