Research in the Faculty
We believe that the production and consumption of culture and creativity should be enjoyed by the whole population providing people the opportunity to live a rich cultural and expressive life. To support our ambition we are committed to delivering world-class creative and cultural education for everyone to ensure the wellbeing and creativity of the population and secure the future success of the cultural and creative industries.
An emphasis on knowledge exchange and impact beyond the Faculty is a strong feature of our research activity. We regularly work in collaboration with publicly funded organisations and commercial and business partners to pursue mutual research and development goals. In addition we see significant opportunities to respond to external agendas.
There is an overarching theme connecting a substantial amount of our research. That theme is broadly ‘social good’ and is embodied in work from within each School. For example, improving the design of residential care homes in Architecture; the abolition of slavery in the Institute for Black Atlantic Research; connecting communities to decision making processes in their cities through the work of In Certain Places; developing future building materials in an environmentally sustainable way with ALUSID; supporting media in exile, collaborating with the Harris Museum and Art Gallery to deliver the new community Makerspace and using drones for disaster and search situations in the Media Innovation Studio; empowering deaf communities around the world through a wide range of educational and research activities led by our International Institute of Sign languages and deaf Studies; recording rare musical instruments and developing new revenue opportunities for the creators of these instruments with the Global Sound Movement. The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) progresses topics such as East Asian security, maritime law and conflict in East Asia, and the society, economics and international politics of North Korea.
We encourage active participation in regional, national, and international fields of scholarship and practice. Our staff include internationally renowned artists (like Professor Lubaina Himid) whose work is part of permanent collections in the Tate and the V&A. Regular listeners to BBC Radio 4’s front Row will have heard Lubaina talking about her new exhibition. Professor Will Kaufmann is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. His live performances at major festivals including Glastonbury, the Bath International Music Festival and the Piacenza Literature and Blues Festival bring the work of Woody Guthrie to new audiences. Media Innovation Studio staff have led panels presenting their work at the world’s biggest Film, Music and Technology festival South-By-South-West in Austin Texas. They’ve worked with MIT and internationally renowned immersive theatre company Punch-drunk in NYC. Closer to home, they’ve also delivered talks at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Edinburgh Science Festival and exhibited work at the V&A, London Design Festival and the London Design Museum.
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