Our applied research tackles real-world issues and encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice-based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory-driven analysis. Read the Arts and Creative Industries Research blog for up-to-date information about research activities.
The School is home to the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, which uses a trans-disciplinary approach to analysing the use of the image in network culture.
Research Centres and Groups
The School pursues research through the following Research Centres and Groups:
- Digital Performance
- Games Research Group
- Space, Place, Art, Culture and Environment (SPACE)
- Practice-as-research in Arts (PARAG)
- Journalism Futures
- Sonic Research Group
80% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* - 'very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance' - by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
An Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project with Tate Britain has developed new understandings of museum audiences. Other current projects include research on accessibility and video games, work on identity and cultural memory in music subcultures, research on media representations and commemorations of war and conflict, and research on newsgames.
Practice-led research projects include curatorial research in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery on the shifting status and circulation of the digital image, translation work on digital poetry, research on digital video and participatory culture, and experimental work in bilingual audio drama.
In a bid to understand the way Tate conceptualises its audiences, PhD student Victoria Young was granted behind the scenes access to the world famous institution.
How does the notion of a national collection representing Britain – and ‘Britishness’ – fit with a 21st-century idea of identity?
Research degree programmes
We welcome enquires from prospective research students in the areas of drama and performance, arts management, journalism, film, photography, media, English and creative writing, music and sonic media, digital design and video games. We equally welcome practice-based research proposals in these areas. You can find details of staff research interests on our research blog.
Read more about Research Degrees at LSBU.
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