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Our academics work to enrich creativity, innovation, commemoration, memorialisation, revitalisation in a global context.

Design roots and routes

This project aims to explore how design can make a meaningful contribution in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices to make them relevant to the needs of people today. The research considers designs and products that are linked to particular places, employ traditional making processes or are embedded in local ways of life.

Land2 art and research through landscape and place

Dr Judith Tucker is a leading member of the Land2 network which brings together artists, academics and researchers in the exploration the possibilities of the relationship between art and landscape/place. This exploration has borne fruit through further work such as collaboration with poet Harriet Tarlo and their work on the Humberston Fitties.

Other research in the culture theme 

Dr Kevin Almond examines fashion design and has a range of outputs examining fashion and the self.

Professor Richard Blackburn has a body of work on traditional dyes and historic dyeing techniques.

Dr Alice Dallabona has a body of work on high fashion, focussing on the notion of Italianicity and luxury.

Professor Michael Hann is a leading expert on international and historic pattern and design.

Dr Eunsuk Hur has worked with Professor Tom Cassidy on Korean Textiles, and has a number of papers in this area.

Dr Andrea Thoma's research explores art practice and notions of place, manifested through a number of exhibitions and publications.

Dr Tang Tang investigates how arts can address societal challenges through research, analysis, synthesis and policy development.

Find out more about our research areas including Practice as Research, Archiving and Design History, Textile and Fashion Design research groups.