Research in Design History at the University of Brighton has pioneered new methods of analysis and practices of interpretation to transform understandings of how design is produced, marketed and consumed.
In our remit as one of the university's centres of research and enterprise excellence (COREs), we support and foster research networks among design historians, not only at the University of Brighton but nationally and internationally. We help bring their work to the attention of new audiences and collaborators, ensuring the impact of their research is felt among communities than can use it for their own development.
Our members are interdisciplinary researchers and engage with those in design policy, practice and industry, ensuring the future of design is underpinned by academic understanding and scholarly foresight.
The University of Brighton contributed significantly to the initial development of design history as a formal discipline in the late 1970s with the launch of its BA course, one of the first in the UK. Since then, it has been a leading institution for the subject and our record in postgraduate research places us an international leader with a thriving MA and PhD community.
The University of Brighton has created the platform upon which many leading professionals have built their careers in academic research, archival practices, and in museums and other cultural and heritage organisations.
The centre’s work is arranged by four principal research themes, each led by researchers prominent in their particular field: