Examples of current and recent graduate research

​CSAD is home to UK, EU and International Research Degrees Students studying a range of art and design disciplines. Students have the option of undertaking MPhil / PhD or Professional Doctorate pathways. Examples of just a few of the School's current and recently completed doctoral projects can be found below.

Current students​

Mohammad Alhazim

Mohammad Alhazim

This doctorate project investigates the design problems of existing Kuwaiti government dwellings and seeks to establish future directions for Kuwaiti government dwellings. The study takes a bioclimatic approach, which takes into consideration human and climatic conditions to increase occupants comfort and reduce the energy consumption of artificial lighting and cooling systems. More...

Trevor Butler

Trevor Butler

Drawing on his professional experience as an engineer in Western Canada, Trevor Butler investigates if earth tubes can effectively use the difference between outdoor air temperature and ground temperature to cool buildings and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Through improved understanding of design, construction and operation of buildings, their environmental impact could reduce significantly. More…

Linda Carreiro

Linda Carreiro

Canadian fine artist, Linda Carreiroaims to reveal indices of the dynamic body within text-based artwork, proposing that these traces can provide new understandings of artistic practice involving text, and alternate ways of engaging with the works. More…


Steve Coleman

Ludic Activities: Creative Strategies To Support Subjective Wellbeing Of Older People With Dementia In Residential Care. The research project aims to examine creative strategies for enhancing positive wellbeing through innovative playful activities for people living with dementia in long-term residential care. More…

John Cosgrove

john cosgroveBased in France, John Cosgrove's professional change project, Development of a framework for mapping Energy Usage and CO2 Emissions in an Advanced Manufacturing Facility, is based on the need for industry to reduce its spending on energy, to take steps to protect the environment and to preserve jobs. More…

Ben Ewart-Dean

Ben Ewart-DeanHow Creative Video-making Activities Can Improve The Social Communication Skills Of Children On The Autism Spectrum. With the use of technological devices becoming more and more widespread, children now have a variety of ways of expressing themselves through moving images. This can be particularly beneficial for those who find it difficult to communicate verbally. Read more…

Simon Hatherley

A study to develop a best practice model for the development of low carbon, ecological low rise rural dwellings for 21st century Wales. More…

Kevin Renz

Kevin Renz

Widespread adoption of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for HOMES (LEED for HOMES) is faltering within the residential design practice here in the United States. My proposed research will attempt to identify key issues and provide an alternative studio guide for the design of residential dwellings that are more closely aligned with nature and net zero energy use.  More…

Fakri Othman

Fakri Othman Using Computer Animation Technique to Assist the Teaching of Handwriting to Children with Dyspraxia. Using an animation technique called 'Rotoscopy' Fakri Othman proposes a method to assist children with dyspraxia to improve their handwriting skills. More…

Theodore Roe

Theodore RoeEnchantment in Industrial Design. There has been a loss of enchantment for industrial design practice in the latter half of the twentieth century. According to Alexander (1964), Krippendorff and Butter (1984), and Norman (1988), a flourishing philosophical practice of industrial design, became submerged beneath an increasingly instrumentalised and commercial practice which came to be known as product design, and which operated as a form of celebrity practice coupled to scientific methodologies. More…

Helena Sands

Helena SandsIntimacy and environment in the elision between theatre and performance art. The inter-relation between theatre and performance art is precarious. Through practical work and case studies my research investigates the existence of certain conventions within performance art, paying particular attention to the effect of the intimate exchange between performer and viewer. More…

Chris de Selincourt

Where is the Mind of the Media Editor? An analysis of Editors as Intermediaries of the Cinematic Experience. At the heart of our experience with media we find some form of editing process. This now applies to both creation and appreciation of media. Most artworks are realised through some sort of editing process, usually involving the development of an image or idea to a point where the maker or makers are satisfied that their intentions are being expressed. More…

Recent Students

Jan Bennett

Imagery concerning the future of the human body and how it might be altered or enhanced filters into all levels and areas of visual culture. More…

James Fathers

This investigation is concerned with the role of Product Design in a developing context, and in particular the exploration of design training strategies to empower craft artisans in this context. More…

Alison Graham

The investigation is grounded within theories associated with the creation and perception of visual phenomena, specifically key psychological and physiological principles relating to the illusory properties of colour and tone. More…

Laura Gray

Although the relationships between ceramics and sculpture have historically and regularly diverged and converged, they have not often been written about. This PhD, following the research undertaken in this area by Dr Jeffrey Jones, engages with the relationship between traditional pottery forms and sculpture in contemporary ceramics practice. More…

Nigel Hallett

I am nearing the end of my period of study for my part-time Ph.D. The genesis for my study was an interest in art and the assessment of art which extends over 40 years into my past. More…

Jineui Kim

The key questions being addressed through this project arose out with illusory properties created by the interrelationship and interaction of three-dimensional forms and line, marks and tone on the surfaces of these forms. More…

Sara Moorehouse

This doctoral research examines and analyses the spatial activity created by colour combinations, drawn from landscape, when applied to three-dimensional form. More…

James Green

The depiction of visual experience: A study of close-up double vision. Crossed disparity causes things appear in ‘close-up double vision’, due to their proximity to an observer. More…

John Hammersley

Nearly all twentieth-century artworks have been written as the product of the creative individual artist or genius. More…

Robin Hawes

Art & Visual Perception: What value do contemporary theories of visual perception have for art practice? Utilizing a previously untried and novel approach to juxtapose theory and practice, this doctoral investigation uncovers potential for developing more productive relationships between perceptual theory and arts practice. More…

Sean O’Reilly

The history of landscape production and representation is intimately bound up with a tradition that saw nature depicted as that ‘other’ to culture and led to its objectification both within science and its representation as landscape. More…

Leah McLaughlin

A key motivation for my research is to explore, examine and interrogate aspects of ceramic practice, using terms of reference drawn from aesthetic theories. More…

Clara Watkins

The aim of this project is to assess the potential for the employment of disruptive innovation techniques based on rapid, prototype-based ethnographic appraisal in the development of radical but culturally, politically, economically and legally appropriate medical product solutions. More…

Sarah Younan

(Im)material Artefacts; Three-dimensional digital museum objects. Digital technologies provide new ways to engage with artefacts, they also have the potential to affect a shift in our understanding of original objects. More…