University of Brighton staff and postgraduate research students: Become a Researcher Member of the Centre for Design History

University of Brighton staff and postgraduate research students (doctoral and masters) with research interests relevant to CDH’s aims, research themes and practices, and who would benefit from and contribute to our work, are welcome to join. Membership is by approval of CDH’s Management Group. To apply, staff and PhD students should send to a short CV (max. two pages) together with a brief statement (c. 300 words) that describes:

· Your research interests and how they relate to CDH’s aims and activities;

· How you expect to benefit from centre membership;

· How you envisage contributing to the centre’s work, as an individual and/or participant in one or more research strands.

Masters students who wish to join should please email us a brief paragraph explaining your interests and what you hope to gain from membership.

Contributions of researcher members may include:

  • Proposing and developing centre projects, events, funding bids, reading groups, etc.;
  • Supporting centre activities, e.g. co-organising seminars, symposia and conferences, chairing events, commenting on funding bids, advising PhD proposals, etc.;
  • Working collectively with other centre members in developing CDH’s research areas;
  • Networking with external partners on behalf of the centre;
  • Developing a relationship between CDH and another research group or centre at the university.

Benefits of researcher membership may include:

  • Opportunities to further individual and collective research interests and to initiate and participate in collaborative research activities in the context of an established research centre with supporting infrastructure and a local, national and international profile;
  • Enhancing individual research profile and CV, strengthening individual applications for funding, potential to attract research students, publication plans, etc.
  • Staff and PhD students have eligibility to apply for small grants from CDH’s Research Support Fund.

External Scholars and Practitioners: Join us as a Visiting Research Fellow or Associate Member

The Centre for Design History regularly hosts academic staff based at other institutions, and independent scholars, who wish to make a research visit to Brighton over a specified period of time. Our Visiting Research Fellowship scheme is open to those seeking to make an extended visit with access to facilities, and we welcome such applications. Visiting Fellowship opportunities are advertised on our blog. You can request further information by emailing

Associate Membership is open to academics, research students, independent scholars, educationalists, activists, creative artists, local and community design historians and others who make a sustained contribution to our research areas and projects or who want an ongoing relationship to our research and activities. We look forward to hearing from applicants to join on this basis.

To apply, please send us a two-page CV and a short statement (c.300 words) to introduce yourself and your research interests, explaining how these relate to the centre and your envisaged contribution.

Approval is made by the centre’s Management Board.