PhD by Design event @DRS2016

A message from the PhD by Design team:

“We’re happy to announce that the next PhD By Design event will take place on Monday the 27th June 2016 and is part of the Design Research Society (DRS) conference which runs on the 28th – 30th June 2016.

It is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design. In connection to the DRS conference, this one day event will explore what the future holds for design research and how this future is being enacted through practice-based PhD design projects right now.

Some questions we seek to explore are:

  • How do current PhDs in Design, frame and address the societal problems that face us?
  • In what ways are practice-based PhDs influencing ideas about Design and working as a designer?
  • How does current practice-based design research contribute to re-shaping our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?

Continue reading “PhD by Design event @DRS2016”

2015 PhD by Design conference

After last year’s success, we’re happy to announce that 2015 will see a new PhD by Design conference happening at Goldsmiths. The event will take place on the 5th and 6th of November 2015.

“The conference is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design.The conference especially invites designers undergoing or having completed a practice-based PhD within and outwith design departments. This two day event will include twelve discussion sessions, presentations from leading design researchers Professor Doina Petrescu (University of Sheffield and atelier d’architecture autogérée) and Professor Roberto Feo (Goldsmiths, University of London and El Ultimo Grito), peer-to-peer research skills workshops and a display of design research imagery.”

If you want to get involved, you can fill in an application form on the PhD by Design website.

Download a poster with more details


PhD by Design satellite session in Leeds

The PhD by Design conference that took place at Goldsmiths in November 2014 raised many interesting questions that deserved a follow-up, so the team behind the Goldsmiths event is now organising a satellite session at Leeds College of Art, on May 14th:

“Through this study day, we want to make space for tentative yet innovative ideas rather than gathering around polished knowledge and methods of dissemination. Everyone attending will also be presenting and contribute to create a supportive environment for discussion and exploration.

Some of the questions we aim to tackle are:

• Who is the audience for practice-based design research? And how can we reach it?

• What ways of disseminating reflect the inventive ways in which practice-based research is done?

• How to write up research with non-academic collaborators?

• How to push the boundaries of what counts as research and valuable dissemination?

• How to mediate that which is not linguistic in practice-based research?

As an outcome of the day, all the participants will contribute to creating an instant journal. So that at the end of the day, everyone goes home with a record of the knowledge, ideas and proposals generated during the workshop day.”

If you want to participate in the event with a presentation, the application deadline is 16 April 2015. More information can be found on the PhD by Design website.

Download a poster for the event

Deadline for Design Star studentships is approaching

We are now only a month away from the deadline for applications to the Design Star PhD studentships (27 February 2015), so if you are planning to apply, be sure you don’t miss it!

The Design Star consortium is making available 12 PhD studentships in its member universities (Goldsmiths, University of London; University of Brighton; Loughbourough University; the Open University; University of Reading). Click here to read the guidelines for making an MPhil/PhD application with us. And if you need more information, don’t hesitate to inquire with Dr Alex Wilkie, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Design here at Goldsmiths (a.wilkie[at]