Research and innovation
Explore our facilitiesTake our 360° tour
In the School of Design, we bring together creativity and innovation to explore new ideas and create new products.
Alongside fundamental design and technology research, we’re committed to solving real-world problems and providing solutions through the use of advanced technologies, design thinking, and creativity.
Our research is organised into key groups which our staff and postgraduate researchers are members of.
Practice as research
This research group brings critical and aesthetic enquiry into dialogue and central to this is the way that creative practice not only informs critical analysis, but also is a critical tool in itself.More
This research group focuses on the imaging, measurement and appearance of colour for design and manufacturing applications.More
Design history and material culture
This research group explores the history of design, in particular, textiles as well as the nature of consumption, its history, its objects and its cultures.More
Communication and Experience Design
This research group has a focus on the quality of user experience when designing products, processes and services.More
Fashion marketing and management
This group aims to cultivate a research culture in the area of fashion marketing and management through conversations, collaboration and the exchange of new knowledge and practices in fashion studies and business research.More
Textile and fashion design
This research group examines the many angles of the textile and fashion industries from packaging, branding and communications to developing fashion products.More
The textile technology group covers a broad range of specialisms from polymers to yarns and from knitted to nonwoven structures.More
Our academic staff are also involved with a number of collaborative research centres.
Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC)
LITAC is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research institute addressing global challenges in colour, fashion and textiles through research and innovation, as well as teaching.More on Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC)
A creative practice-led research network bringing together artists, academics and researchers who specialise in landscape and place orientated art practice.More on LAND2
Water @ Leeds
A world-leading interdisciplinary centre for water research bringing together expertise from a wide range of academic disciplines to tackle global water issues.More on Water @ Leeds
Making an impact
Our researchers work extensively with industry to ensure our research brings the highest tangible impact to society and culture. Our impact work has four inconnected themes.
Creativity, innovation, commemoration, memorialisation, revitalisation. Our academics work to enrich culture globally.More on Culture
As a school consisting of designers, inventors and creators we are uniquely positioned to offer real-world, direct economic impact and critical examination of the economic effects of design.More on Economy
Environmental sustainability is a major focus for our research across the School, especially related to the textile and fashion industries.More on Environment
Applications of our research to improving health and wellbeing reaches from our cutting edge textile and colour technologies work, to visual communications and experience design.More on Health