Our School unearths knowledge in the areas of arts and performance, film and media and creative technologies

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.

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:



Research Excellence

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.

Research projects

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.

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.