The Transformation North West Cohort


About Transformation North West

The Transformation North West (TNW) is a doctoral programme funded by the North West Doctoral Consortium Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). The TNW cohort consists of twelve doctoral researchers spanning five universities in North West England (Liverpool, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford and Lancaster University). The cohort carried out research in response to the UK Government’s 2017 (or 2018) Industrial Strategy to unlock creative intelligence in the region.

Drawing upon the partnerships between universities that have excellence in design, the Transformation North West team take a cross-industry approach to ensure different disciplines fuse with the creative sector, whilst integrating place-based responses that create conditions for a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy. The outcome of the programme consisted of several collaborations between students and organisations in the North West.

A key aspect of Transformation North West, is a ‘Triple Helix’ approach to research, working across academia and industry, reflecting on policy with the view of creating impact for organisations in the North West. Collaborating across multiple disciplines, using a variety of research methods, the cohort has focused their research on real-world impact and application of their PhD research. In many instances this has taken the form of co-creating projects with a range of businesses from grass-roots organisations working with people and communities, through to large scale corporations, digital creators and small scale manufacturers. Others have used creative approaches to gain insights across a spectrum of organisations, connecting wider networks to their research.

Grow and scale

Transformation North West aims to further grow and scale up the creative sector in the North West whilst enhancing and contributing to the wider industry, recognising the value of combining design and creativity, upon which much of the economy increasingly relies.

If you are interested in the programme, and would like to learn more we would welcome discussion so please get in touch by visiting our contact page.


Collaborative Partner Institutions