Research degrees at Grays School of Art enable experienced art and design practitioners, including policy makers, to explore issues of contemporary practice.

The research opens experience up to challenging questions, conceptual frameworks and contexts in the development of new forms of practice. These position art and design simultaneously as a set of disciplines and as activities in the world.


  • Munire Hilal Bugali

    Munire Hilal Bugali

    Considering strategies and applications of ‘design for social innovation’ through collaborative design methodologies.  

  • Peter Buwert

    Peter Buwert

    Investigating into possibilities for encouraging effective socio-political engagement through the manipulation of visual culture.  

  • Cameron Campbell

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    Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray's School of Art and School Erasmus+ and International co-ordinator  

  • Caroline Gausden

    Caroline Gausden

    Researching feminist manifestos and socially engaged practice.  

  • Melehat Nil Gülari

    Melehat Nil Gulari

    Seeking appropriate measures to evaluate the effectiveness of innovation enablers and assess the contribution of these methods and design interventions to business organisations.  

  • Leigh-Anne Hepburn

    Leigh-Anne Hepburn

    Research as part of the AHRC funded Design in Action project, which brings together businesses, designers and academics to work collaboratively using design as a strategy for innovation.  

  • Jon Price

    Jon Price

    Investigating the theory and practice of cultural leadership in the context of political, social and economic changes emerging from the global financial crisis.  

  • Helen Smith

    Helen Smith

    An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Woodend Barn, Banchory, looking at the influence of art as a social process in organisational situations.