Lecturer in the Design School
London College of Communication
London College of Communication
Dr. Lara Salinas is a Lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication, teaching on the MA Service Experience Design and Innovation course, and Senior Research Fellow in Knowledge Exchange at UAL. Lara is a practitioner and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in digital culture. She previously worked on the AHRC-funded Public Collaboration Lab (CSM) investigating the potential of design education in supporting innovation practices within local government through collaborative design practice.
Her AHRC-funded, practice-led PhD was completed at Lancaster University in 2016. She examined the production of physical-digital hybrid spaces through the design of new products, experiences and services, in collaborative action research projects with pioneering companies, local authorities and academic thinkers.
Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies were in Art, Technology and Digital Culture, and specialising in web-based art and creative uses of locative media. Her work has been exhibited internationally, outstanding TodaysArt (Netherlands) FutureEverything (UK), Urban Transcript (Italy), NewMediaFest (Germany) and Web Biennial (Turkey).
Lara’s research interests include designing for services, design thinking and doing and participatory design. Her expertise extends to facilitating participatory design and knowledge exchange with academia, creative industries and public sector organisations, to prototype innovative human-centered service solutions.
Design thinking, design for service, knowledge exchange, participatory design, space and place, digital culture.
My research interests revolve around participatory design, knowledge exchange and physical-digital hybrids.
Currently I am conducting research on the value of knowledge exchange activities, looking at the potential for and value of art and design education collaboration with private, public and third sector organisations.
In my design-led PhD research I explored how design can facilitate the production of hybrid physical-digital spaces through participatory design-led cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations.
2012-2015 AHRC Doctoral Award
Salinas, Lara (2016) The Production of Digital Public Space(s). PhD thesis, Lancaster University.
Salinas, Lara and Coulton, Paul and Dunn, Nick (2016) Using Game Design as a Frame for Evaluating Experiences in Hybrid Digital/Physical Spaces. Architecture and Culture, 4 (1). pp. 115-135. ISSN 2050-7828
Huck, Jonny and Gradinar, Adrian and Paul, Coulton and Salinas, Lara (2016) Paths of Desire: Dynamic Visual Hierarchies to Intentionally Influence Route Decision. Proceedings of the 24th Annual GIS Research UK Conference.
Thorpe, Adam and Prendiville, Alison and Rhodes, Sarah and Salinas, Lara (2016) Public Collaboration Lab. In: Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops. ACM Digital Library, New York, USA.
Eilbeck, Alastair and Stewart, Hannah and Jacbos, Naomi and Quick, Andrew and Salinas, Lara and Porter, Joel and Harvey, Gareth (2015) Meyouandus: Interactive in-venue displays. Research and Development Report. Project Report. Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Salinas, Lara (2014) Open Planning. In: Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack: Inspiring digital ideas from community projects. Royal College of Art, London. ISBN 978-1-907342-97-4
Salinas, Lara and Weise, Sebastian and Pollastri, Serena (2014) Transforming the planning progress – challenges for the service designer. In: ServDes 2014: Service Design & Innovation conference, 9-11 April 2014, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
Salinas, Lara (2014) Digital media to enhance the planning system: a case study in Liverpool. In: Creative Citizens, London.
Salinas, Lara (2014) Digital public space(s): redefining publicness. In: Social Media and the transformation of public space, Amsterdam.
Salinas, Lara (2013) Entrevista a Drew Hemment. Deforma, 4.