John is a Senior Research Associate at Imagination Lancaster, an open and exploratory research lab at Lancaster University, which investigates emerging issues, technologies and practices to advance knowledge and develop solutions that contribute to the common good.
John has a background in innovation and design management, and was formerly the Innovation Manager at Business Link Northwest where he managed a team of innovation specialists supporting and advising enterprises to improve their innovation capabilities.
Prior to Design for Europe, John worked on Design in European Policies (DeEP), a 2-year project funded under the First Action Plan of the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII), the aims of which was to create an understanding of the impact of design innovation policies by building frameworks and indicators to evaluate these actions both at a macro (regional, national, European) and micro (specific initiative) level.
John has degrees in product design and design management, and is presently studying for a PhD in Design at Lancaster University, where his research is focused on design-driven innovation and evidence-based policymaking.
Within Design for Europe, John is member of the Knowledge team, and has contributed to the DFE Funding Guide.