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Doctoral research

Thinking about doctoral study in an area related to Design Archives’ resources or staff expertise? We welcome enquiries about joining the distinctive student cohort currently supervised by Design Archives’ academics whose unique approach integrates design and art historical scholarship, archival and curatorial practice, and professional engagement. The rich seams of design resources available to inspire cross-disciplinary research relate to a wide range of topics:

International and national design organisations and the representation of the professions; museum and exhibition display; design practice and collaborative design processes; émigré designers and designer networks; communication design; design education, criticism and journalism; archives in contemporary culture; design curatorship; design and business history; archives and the digital humanities.

Lesley Whitworth and Sue Breakell supervise doctoral projects, working closely with other staff within the School of Arts & Humanities, across the University and cross-sector. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a project idea with us

Current and recent projects

Martha Beard – Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces

Liz Bruchet – Archives and Curatorial Practices: Mapping their Entanglements

Dora Souza Dias – Representing the graphic design profession on the world stage: a history of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations

Tania Messell – Promoting Industrial Design on the World Stage: The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, 1957-1980

Tom Wilson
 – Design Strategies and the Representation of the Commonwealth: From Institute to Museum

Louise Dennis – A Matter of Material: Plastics in museums in the 21st century

Jane Shepard – Discourses in Design Education: perspectives on design and the secondary school curriculum, 1988-2012

Jonathan Brown
 – The retailing, promotion and reception of modern Scandinavian furnishings, 1955-1975, in ten British locations

Leah Armstrong
 – Designing a Profession: The Structure, Image and Identity of the Design Profession in Britain, 1930-2010

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