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Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy Masters (MA): Research areas

Current research in this subject

Many of the staff in the University are research active. This ensures that they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

The quality of our research activities gained official recognition from the government during its most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008). It graded 50% of the research submitted in History of Art, Design and Architecture as either 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world-leading). The report flagged outputs and programme of conferences, visiting professors and gallery fellowships, and level of service to the subject area as particular strengths.

Curating Contemporary Design Group

The Curating Contemporary Design Group's research concentrates on cultural diversity. For example, it has:

  • developed a website exploring Korean contemporary design; and
  • held a conference with The British Museum exploring its mission for collecting the modern, including issues of globalisation and identity.

It also puts on events throughout the year (see more in the Events and lectures section).

Colour Design Research Unit

The Colour Design Research Unit is looking at the effect of colour and design on people suffering from long-term illnesses. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, it is investigating interior design schemes in institutions – such as spinal injuries unit and a hospice – assessing paint, flooring and furniture.

The Sustainable Design Research Group

The Sustainable Design Research Group is leading projects that connect design and designers with sustainability issues. Recent research projects have focused on designing and manufacturing with recycled materials and building a 'sustainable materials' library for designers.

In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, two-thirds of our research activity was classified as 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'. This places Kingston Business School among a set of esteemed universities and in the top 50 in the country.

The quality profile for Kingston Business School shows high levels of ‘world-leading' and ‘internationally excellent' research, with our research impact being particularly strong: on average, almost 90 per cent of the Business School's impact was found to be 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

You will receive one-to-one tuition for your research project from international experts: we have a vibrant research community that includes staff, research students and associates from government, industry and commerce. Their work varies from pioneering academic research to highly focused consultancy for clients; they publish their work in a wide range of books and journals and receive substantial external funding from both private and public sector bodies including HSBC, Nokia, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

We undertake research at three levels:

  • at research centres, such as the Small Business Research Centre (SBRC) and Centre for Research in Employability, Skills & Society (CRESS);
  • through research groups, such as the Employee Engagement Consortium and the Emerging Technologies Group; and
  • at individual department level, with numerous research and interest groups between academics.

You can view the full range of research papers published by Kingston Business School academics via the Kingston University Research Repository.

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