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Resources for new and prospective PhD students with the centre

Event | PGR Symposium, 28 March 2024

The Centre for Design History PGR Representatives team is organising an in-person PGR symposium at Grand Parade during the University of Brighton’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Week We hope that this event will provide the opportunity for all of you… Continue Reading →

Welcome to our new Postgraduate Researchers!

Welcome to the University of Brighton, and thank you for your interest in the Centre for Design History. The Centre for Design History, or CDH, is one of the University’s “Centres for Research Excellence”, or COREs. The CDH is a… Continue Reading →

What is the Centre for Design History?

The University of Brighton contributed significantly to the initial development of design history as a formal discipline in the late 1970s. Since then, it has been a leading institution for research and teaching in the subject, which is provided at all… Continue Reading →

How do we define ‘Design’ and what do we research?

We have developed a progressive definition of design that is intended to include researchers of the visual and material world in the broadest sense. Our Definition of Design We move beyond Western, industrialised and commercialised hierarchies of modern design to… Continue Reading →

Access Support

The CDH can support your research in a number of ways: What we do for PhD and MA Students We run workshops and events specifically for our PGR community to support their research, confidence, networks and skills. Regular emails and… Continue Reading →

Get Involved!

We welcome applications for new members, and encourage you to consider joining the CDH Management Board Become a member! MA and PhD students at the University of Brighton are very welcome to join the Centre as members. To apply, PhD… Continue Reading →

Some of our PGR successes

Our PGRs conduct inspiring research and run a wide range of activities. You can find out more by exploring some of these blog posts. PhD student Nicola Miles supported MA students in subjects ranging from History of Design to Illustration… Continue Reading →

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