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PhD by Design

2014-ongoing – a collaboration with Alison Thomson and Maria Portugal


PhD by Design is a series of events that explore the messiness that is practice-based research.

The aim of these events are to vocalise, discuss and work through many of the topical issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in Design. It enables early career design researchers to explore a variety of aspects of knowledge production within an academic institution.

A secondary aim of the events are to share questions that emerge through doing practice-based research. Some of the questions we aim to tackle are:

+ What counts as practice-based research?
+ What are the politics of designing and conducting practice-based research?
+ Where are the boundaries of theory & practice?
+ How can we make practice-based research accountable?

The first PhD By Design conference was organised in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London in November 2014. This was followed up with a one-day satellite sessions at Leeds College of Art in May 2015.

If you would like to know more about these events please sign up to the PhD By Design mailing list on the JISC Mail website.

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