Design Research Initiatives

Gareth Neal, Through a series of rectilinear cuts the George III commode is hidden within

Performance, Meaning and Making 

Gareth Neal's practice-led research makes discoveries at the boundaries of craft, design and perception. Pictured, detail of George III commode.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development and Climate Change 

Smart-material research investigates the potential of flax plant product for healthcare and sustainable social developments

Creative and Digital Economies

Creative & Digital Economies 

Design researchers investigate digital solutions that inform community building and the use of artefacts in museums and public spaces

Tom Ainsworth - design for patient interaction with therapeutic objects in arthritis

Inclusion, Health & Wellbeing 

Researchers investigate the user connectivity with designed objects, assisting with therapeutic treatment routines

"Design research at Brighton tackles the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time."

Design Research Initiatives (DRI) represents the vibrant design research community in the College of Arts and Humanities. 

Through the generation of texts, materials, objects and experiences, design research at Brighton tackles the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time. We develop this work in partnership with diverse stakeholders from global businesses like Philips, Puma and Heals. Major cultural organisations like the Design Museum, V&A and the Crafts Council and policy-making institutions like the UK government, House of Lords and the United Nations.

Our research also shapes the curriculum; nourishing our undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students in design, as they too nourish us with their evolving research knowledge and expertise - a truly reflexive and inclusive partnership.


  • Media researchers investigate "Live Cinema"

    Dr Sarah Atkinson and Helen Kennedy lead a national project into


  • Making art inclusive

    'Inclusive arts Practice and Research' book launched by Alice Fox and


  • Emotion, Design and Material Culture

    A newly published book features work by three University of Brighton


  • 1945-1975: British Culture for Architecture

    Ben Sweeting contributes to new Mellon funded research project at the


  • Designing the Digital Economy

    Professor Gillian Youngs contributes to new Design Commission Report


  • Remembering the Great War

    Community events and research project to commemorate the centenary of World


  • UnBox-ing Future Cities

    Professor Paul Sermon is part of a research team to find


  • The art of the insulting Valentine

    Dr Annebella Pollen's research looks at sending cards to enforce social