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Research in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering encompasses a diversity of established specialisms in areas including art and design history, creative practice and critical writing, environmental sciences, mechanical and engineering design, and architectural technology. Our research staff have contributed to the University sector-wide Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and Research Excellence Frameworks in 2014 and 2021. Our staff have published, presented, and exhibited world-leading and internationally significant research in art and design, cultural theory, photography, film and media studies, and environmental and marine sciences.

The culture of research underpins everything we do, informing our teaching and strengthening our reputation through positively impacting on our publics and communities, locally and internationally. We aim to foster a supportive, enterprising and stimulating research environment for our postgraduate research student community and academic colleagues.

Associate Professor Guy Moreton is Faculty Strategic Lead for Research. He is experienced in creative practice research in art and design, and has submitted to RAE 2008, REF 2014 and REF 2021. His practice research in photography and the visual arts has been published and exhibited internationally, including recent critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada for the Venice Biennale, and the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium. He is co-author (with Alec Finlay and Michael Nedo) of Ludwig Wittgenstein – There Where You Are Not (Black Dog Publishing, 2005) and his artworks have been acquired for the collections of national and international museums including Southampton City Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and the Fondazione Prada Milan. Guy has been an external reviewer in practice-based-research for REF 2021 UoA 32 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; and he has extensive experience as an external examiner in undergraduate and postgraduate MA and MFA programmes at the universities of Plymouth, Brighton, Roehampton London, and Kent.

The Faculty aims to enable, support and develop research through the following centres and groups:

The Centre for Marine Sustainability led by Centre Director, Associate Professor Laurie Wright.

Art, Environment and Social Change Research Group, led by Dr Atsuhide Ito and Dr Jessica Holtaway.

Engineering Design and Manufacture Research Group, led by Dr Fayyaz Rehman and Dr Marc Molinari.

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