Collaborations & Research groups

Colleagues at Leeds Beckett University develop research excellence through innovation, collaboration and creativity, developing transformational research outcomes that positively impact on the life of our university & continued student experience. Please find examples below of research projects currently being developed within Leeds School of Arts.

Research Groups

Internationally, autism diagnoses are on the rise for both adults and young people. Whilst this can provide a measure of relief for those individuals and their families as they begin to understand the origin of many of the challenges they have faced, issues remain as they interact with the world around them. The Autism Research Lab aims to develop new insights, resources and practices that enhance the lives of autistic people and allow them to participate meaningfully in society. The Autism Research Lab does this in close partnership with autistic people, their families, educators, professionals, policymakers and the academic community.

Autism Research Lab

Academics from the Co-Design Research Group adopt participatory and human-centred approaches to design with or facilitate design by stakeholders across a range of contexts.

Co-design Research Group

Researchers from the Critical Theory Research Group are interested in the discourses, theories, philosophies and politics of the conditions which shape contemporary and modern art practices.

Critical Theory Research Group

Many of the researchers within the Curating Research Group are also practicing artists and bring an artist-led approach to the discipline.

Curating Research Group

Our researchers in the Experimental Publishing Research Group question the role, purpose and forms that publishing, writing and reading might take today across the arts.

Experimental Publishing Research Group

Recent contemporary activism such as the #MeToo movement and Equal Pay Day, as well as conversations in popular culture like ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast and live show by Deborah Frances-White, demonstrate the ongoing need for feminist debate and activism.

F=Feminist Research Group

Developing sustainable practices in fashion design, garment production and fashion retailing are central to addressing the climate change crisis.

Fashion & Sustainability Research Group

Academics within the Participatory Practice Research Group use socially-engaged methodologies for processes of research and production, often working with under-represented, marginalized and diverse groups.

Participatory Practice Research Group

The Peace Studies Research Group focuses on investigations into the development and application of forms of non-violent activism and approaches to peacekeeping, critical arts strategies, and grassroots organising for social justice and change.

Peace Studies Research Group

Researchers within the XR [Extended Reality] Research Group explore the applications of augmented, virtual and extended reality within art and design practices, as well as researching more broadly our relationship and the role of the online in life today.

XR Extended Reality Research Group

Internationally, autism diagnoses are on the rise for both adults and young people. Whilst this can provide a measure of relief for those individuals and their families as they begin to understand the origin of many of the challenges they have faced, issues remain as they interact with the world around them. The Autism Research Lab aims to develop new insights, resources and practices that enhance the lives of autistic people and allow them to participate meaningfully in society. The Autism Research Lab does this in close partnership with autistic people, their families, educators, professionals, policymakers and the academic community.

Academics from the Co-Design Research Group adopt participatory and human-centred approaches to design with or facilitate design by stakeholders across a range of contexts.

Researchers from the Critical Theory Research Group are interested in the discourses, theories, philosophies and politics of the conditions which shape contemporary and modern art practices.

Many of the researchers within the Curating Research Group are also practicing artists and bring an artist-led approach to the discipline.

Our researchers in the Experimental Publishing Research Group question the role, purpose and forms that publishing, writing and reading might take today across the arts.

Recent contemporary activism such as the #MeToo movement and Equal Pay Day, as well as conversations in popular culture like ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast and live show by Deborah Frances-White, demonstrate the ongoing need for feminist debate and activism.

Developing sustainable practices in fashion design, garment production and fashion retailing are central to addressing the climate change crisis.

Academics within the Participatory Practice Research Group use socially-engaged methodologies for processes of research and production, often working with under-represented, marginalized and diverse groups.

The Peace Studies Research Group focuses on investigations into the development and application of forms of non-violent activism and approaches to peacekeeping, critical arts strategies, and grassroots organising for social justice and change.

Researchers within the XR [Extended Reality] Research Group explore the applications of augmented, virtual and extended reality within art and design practices, as well as researching more broadly our relationship and the role of the online in life today.

Partnerships

Secret story network

ANNA ZALUCZKOWSKA
Academic discussion

Secret Story Network is a partnership between interactive story experts, academics, TV writers, producers, directors, app builders and audiences. The stories are delivered into a storyworld that you (as an audience member) help create and expand, centred around your favourite TV show. The stories take place on smartphones and tablets in chat environments like WhatsApp and Messenger. The stories are role player games (RPG) led by a story conductor in which the audience actively participate. Our aim is to develop a new storytelling ethos, methodology and some highly engaging content IP.

Yorkshire Sculpture international

In 2018 and throughout 2019 Leeds Beckett University worked in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture International to help celebrate a festival of sculpture, inspire our students, deliver a series of public Sculpture Talks, put on a symposium, publish new artists’ books and fund a practice-based PhD.

YSI