Institution Name: Design Academy Eindhoven

Location: Eindhoven


Fields of research expertise:  design research, strategic creativity, design journalism, narratives, critical design, design innovation,

Some interesting recent publications: Strategic Creativity Publication series.

Who to contact about PhD’s and/or a research visit in your institution:

Upcoming events at your institution: Exhibition & talks at Salone del Mobili in Milano

How to keep up to date with what’s going on: Social media

Institutions, archives, museums worth knowing about in your city/region:

MU art gallery

Van Abbe Museum

Baltan Laboratories

Dutch Design Week

Charles Sturt University

This guide has been put together by Wilhemina Wahlin, a PhD Candidate at Charles Sturt University, and Dr Margaret Woodwood, Associate Dean of Research at Charles Sturt University.

Institution Name: Charles Sturt University

Location: Charles Sturt University campuses are located in some of Australia's fastest growing regional cities, offering a unique study experience with access to the best of city living along with the benefits of a regional lifestyle. 


Fields of research expertise: 
Fields of research expertise are in design, visual art, art and design history and visual culture as well as interdisciplinary collaborations including with the fields of indigenous studies, historical studies, communication and media studies, cultural studies, specialist education, regional development policy, the environment, tourism, political science, computer technology and design. There is a research focus in regional creative industries through the Creative Regions Lab. Projects within the Creative Regions Lab include:
•    Aboriginal young people in Victoria and digital storytelling
•    Design affects : East West Effects
•    New Landscapes, New Languages: A Multimedia and Interdisciplinary Approach
•    The History and Future of Islamic Art in Australia
•    Tourism Telemetry
•    Landscape Derivatives
•    Bedlam: Living with a Mental Asylum in Town
•    Agri-tivity
•    Designing Theatre for the Very Young
•    Murray Living
•    Civic Malaise
•    ‘Tree-changing’ and ‘lifestyle’ migration in rural and regional Australia  

Interesting research projects & groups: 
The Creative Regions Lab aims to redefine creative activity in regional Australia to create regional futures. We are a teaching and research hub that drives the development of creative enterprises and activities in regional Australia. Our core function is to conduct research, identify themes, invent industries, direct, coordinate, respond to and promote all projects nationally and internationally. We operate through projects that combine the culture of regional creativity and innovation with the invention of new productivity possibilities.

Some interesting recent publications:
Fusion is an international, open-access online scholarly journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. Co-founded by the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the College of Arts, University of Lincoln (UK), it is a peer reviewed scholarly journal with seven issues published since 2012. 

Who to contact about PhD’s and/or a research visit in your institution: For enquiries relating to higher degrees by research or scholarships, please contact  Associate Professor Morgan Luck Or the Research Office

Upcoming events at your institution:
The Land Dialogues Conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of April, 2016 at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Land Dialogues is an interdisciplinary research and practice collaboration. Land Dialogues Conference is a conference focusing on interdisciplinary research in dialogue with land, place and space. 

Providing an avenue for the sharing of knowledge in dialogue with, within and about place.
The Land Dialogues Conference and its accompanying journal output through Fusion-Journal are initiatives of Charles Sturt University through the Faculty of Arts in partnership with Wagga Wagga City Council.

How to keep up to date with what’s going on:
Visit the Creative Regions Lab News page for information on news and events.

Institutions, archives, museums worth knowing about in your city/region:

DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)

This guide has been put together by Vera-Karina Gebhardt a PhD student at DJCAD / University of Dundee

Institution Name:  DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)

Location: Perth Road, Dundee, Scotland


Fields of research expertise: For PhD research there are three major fields of research:

  • Digital Economy, Futures & Culture: Exploring future technologies and user interactions through critical design Software and product design, Assistive technologies, Serious Games, Visual Effects for Film & TV Future Practices in Design & Craft, Sustainable Design, Environmental solutions
  • Visualisation & the Application of Visual Thinking: Visualisation & Simulation, Mediating technology, information design, Applying design thinking, Public engagement, Identity cultural & sense of place, Design in Public, Policy, Society, Business-Service Design, Design in new contexts (health etc.) Exploring the economic / social impact of new practices
  • Art, Media, and Visual Studies: Histories & Archives, Curation as practice, Theoretical studies, Visual Studies, Art & Philosophy, Aesthetics, Word & Image, Artists’ practice-led research

Interesting research projects & groups: Past and on-going research projects and publications can be found here:

Who to contact about PhD’s and/or a research visit in your institution: Candidates are advised to study the Research staff profiles (, contact staff by email, and then visit DJCAD for further discussion. 

You may also contact the Postgraduate Office at DJCAD for advice on entry requirements, application and funding: Fiona Fyffe, Administrator, Postgraduate Office, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, tel:  01382 385 249, email:

Upcoming events at your institution: The University of Dundee is currently organising a Postgraduate Research Conference for 6/7 June. Another relevant event is the Art, Design & Architecture Degree Show which will take place May 21 2016 - May 29 2016

How to keep up to date with what’s going on: @ResearchStudio

Institutions, archives, museums worth knowing about in your city/region: Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is an art centre which houses two contemporary art galleries, a cinema, a print studio, a café and the Visual Research Centre (VRC, including the Artists’ Book Collection

McManus Galleries houses a museum and art gallery with a collection of fine and decorative art as well as a natural history collection.

For those interested in gaming technologies, recognized Abertay University is based in Dundee as well. St.Andrews University is around 20 min by bus

The V&A is currently building a centre for art and design in Dundee, completion in 2017.

Kingston University

This guide has been put together by Dr.Cathy Gale, a senior lecturer at Kingston University

Institution Name: Kingston University, FADA (Faculty of Art Design and Architecture)

Location: Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 2QJ


Fields of research expertise: critical design practice, ‘thinking through making’

Interesting research projects & groups: 
1.    the Centre for Research Through Design is new but full of staff involved in interesting projects. One key research area is Design and Markets, which acknowledges the role of market forces and consumer culture in design.  
2.    CARC, the Contemporary Art Research Centre and the Centre for useless Splendour  
3.    MIRC:The Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University and Dorich House Museum.

Some interesting recent publications: there is no central place to find a list, but updates on staff outputs might be tracked via

Who to contact about PhD’s and/or a research visit in your institution: Dr. Paul Micklethwaite

Upcoming events at your institution: N/A. There is a strong connection with the ICA where some events have been organised, where talks happened and PhD students have had colloquia 

How to keep up to date with what’s going on: attend the research meetings – there is nothing supporting this online yet

Institutions, archives, museums worth knowing about in your city/region: 
1.  The Eadweard Muybridge collection.
2.   The excellent Stanley Picker Gallery with its fellowship scheme.