Art and design research centre

The Centre for Art and Design Research

The Centre for Art and Design Research (CADR) is the home for practice-led, historic, and theoretical research of Art and Design subjects at the University of Lincoln. The core aim of this research centre is to develop and support a top-class research-led academic community.

CADR provides support to academic staff and research students to enable discourse and collaborations in a cross-disciplinary environment. Our academics are undertaking a wide range of research in Arts disciplines from contemporary and historic perspectives in relation to political, economic, social and cultural developments, debates and ideas.

This has led to our academics partnering with a broad range of academic and non-academic partners including: AgeUK, British Council China, National Centre for Craft & Design, National Centre for Food Manufacture, National Trust, and RNIB. In addition, our academics collaborate with a wide variety of citizen and professional communities.

CADR is managed by a committee of academics from various Schools in the College of Arts, and co-chaired by Professor Anne Chick and Dr Neil Maycroft.

The Centre aims to continually improve:

  • Attraction, retention and development of research staff and students
  • Execution of high quality research that draws upon the range of our expertise
  • Encouragement of collaboration between art and design academics and STEM academics
  • Research income generation and enterprise activities of our academics
  • Meaningful impact of our research provided to external partners
  • Training of research students and staff in innovative and appropriate research techniques and methodologies

Research Groups

Social Design

Critical Heritage and Place Consumption

Creativity and Cultural Industries Research Group


Research Students

We have a growing population of around 20 full-time and part-time UK and international research students. They are supervised by staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their field and have access to world class facilities to complete their studies.

MPhil / PhD Students

Rod Adams
Explaining an interactive relationship between humans and the interior work environments they inhabit

Monisola Adesina
Social Innovation, a methodological approach to flood mitigation in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire

Julie Bush
The life and work of William Logsdail (1859 - 1944)

Dawn Correia
The Design, Development and Impact of the Kaleldoscope: An assessment of Sir David Brewster's contribution and of the contestation of his authorship 1810-1820

Cilla Eisner
Collage Grids: Generative principles and metaphor

Emmanuel Estename
The Mobile Watering Hole: The design and development of a multimedia prototype resource on mobile phones to support the teaching of plastographic printmaking in Nigerian higher education using Constructive Design / Action Research (AR) methodologies (prototyping and collaborative action research)

Amanda Hufford
Visual Slang: Grammar of digitally mediated architectural images

Geoff Lee
An investigation of the Ceramics Blague

Yuen Fong Ling
A Body of Relations: Reconfiguring the life class

Annie Morrad
Rhytham and improvisation in Contemporary Art and music practices

Kezhen Wang
A decade of innovation in Chinese jewellery design education (2003-2013)

Will Wilson
Catalysing Participatory Social Learning: reformulating the design process as means to engage all parties in making conscious and informed behavioural changes towards more sustainable practices, particularly in respect to domestic energy use

Rukia Xu
Art and text collisions in contemporary Chinese Art

David Younger
Theme park theory

Alison Fairhurst
European textiles and leather shoes from 1700 - 1800 and their conservation

Michael Healey
The Scottish colourists and their influence in contemporary Scottish paintings

MA by Research Students

Clementine Monro
Architectural decay. Communicating the physical encounter

John Revell
Interaction design by hacking

CADR staff are also active in the Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Research and English Research Groups

Please contact Professor Chick for further details on the Centre for Art & Design Research.