Research Groups

CSAD is home to a range of centres and groups engaged in cutting-edge, world-leading research.

Through the use of innovative and participatory research methods and a collaborative approach to working with external partners, our staff use their art and design expertise to respond to challenges across a wide range of fields; from healthcare, wellbeing and vision science, to innovations in new technologies, exhibition practice, and the ecological performance of new and heritage buildings.

CARIAD (Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Art & Design)

CARIAD researchers contribute to improving people's lives and address some of the most significant challenges facing society. While projects are diverse, they all share a common concern with innovating new technology systems that synthesise theory and applied research across the disciplines of the arts, science and technology.


The overarching aims of the Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment (SuRBe) Research Group are to augment the sustainability and resilience of the built environment, improve occupant quality of life and adapt to, and mitigate, climate change through our work.

We have a strong interest in environmentally-sustainable design, construction technology and operational performance, cultivated from different, but complementary, perspectives and at varying levels of resolution.

Our projects span widely in scope (from the building envelope to interior space and air quality), in architectural scale (from detailing of individual building components to broader design strategies) and in methodology (from qualitative to quantitative, from pre- to post-occupancy evaluation of buildings).


Metatechnicity is a Doctoral and Postdoctoral Humanities based research community that supports interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research spanning Art & Design, Technology and the Sciences. As a community we are interested in the variety of ways in which technology affects and is affected by human consciousness over time. 


At Fovolab we study visual perception by combining ideas and research methods from art and science. We are primarily interested in the perceptual structure of visual experience and how it can be represented.


FAB-Cre8 is a multi-disciplinary research and enterprise group driven by an interest in emerging technologies. FAB-Cre8 works in conjunction with FabLab Cardiff, bringing together researchers working with digital fabrication processes, physical computing, IOT and material investigation applied to a broad range of art and design contexts.


The UCD research group is a collaboration between CSAD and PDR with a shared interest in the importance of the prototype as a focus around which ethnographical research methods can be deployed in design praxis. Working closely with industry partners, many of the techniques developed through the group's research are deployed directly in commercial design projects through PDR's commercial UCD offering.


​Find out more about research at Cardiff School of Art and Design by visiting our online repository. Here you can access journal articles, conference papers, information on exhibitions and more published by CSAD’s staff.