The School of Crafts & Design includes three leading research centres which are home to internationally renowned experts in their fields. Much of our research in craft and design is considered ‘of International Standing’ and this prestigious benchmark includes:
Crafts Study Centre
Established in 1970, The Crafts Study Centre, is a fully accredited museum, safeguarding and displaying a national collection of modern and contemporary crafts. It directs and facilitates research into the history of crafts in the UK, and hosts international researchers working on the detailed study of the extensive collections. The centre has played an important role in publishing studies on craft makers, craft organisations and practices, often related to its contemporary exhibition programme. For details of forthcoming exhibitions please see their website: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk.
The Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre
The Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre was established in 2004. It concentrates on the investigation of the use of textiles as an expression of cultural identity, particularly in the UK, Japan and increasingly further afield. Research undertaken by the AJTRC has pioneered and influenced modes of cross-cultural and inter-generational exchange through textile practice. Extensive connections to international networks underpin collaborative and individual research into different approaches to textile practise, with a particular emphasis on contemporary languages of making and trans-disciplinary co-productions.
The Centre for Sustainable Design®
The Centre for Sustainable Design® (CfSD) established in 1995, has engaged in a range of international research projects and knowledge exchange initiatives on ‘product sustainability’ and ‘sustainable innovation and design’. It offers bespoke services and training to companies, consultants, governments and academia across the world. CfSD® also hosts the annual international and interdisciplinary ‘Sustainable Innovation’ conference series, now in its eighteenth year (2013). Since 2009, the Centre has worked with over 600 SME's on eco-innovative product/services/technologies. CfSD® also provides a range of free information through its website: www.cfsd.org.uk with specific details on training, research, projects and conferences.