Research in the School of Design represents the breadth of contemporary design research and scholarship across the disciplines of communication design, industrial design, and digital design.
Our work includes enquiries in and through material practices, digital technologies and environments, and social innovation. The School comprises a vibrant community of researchers and practitioners, including PhD communities, located in RMIT’s global locations – Melbourne, Australia; Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam; and Barcelona, Spain. We extend our global reach through actively engaging with our Adjunct Professor appointments and international collaborators.
Research in the School contributes to discourses in both applied and exploratory contexts, and has, for the last two Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) rounds in 2012 and 2015, been assessed as being at or above world standard. Our research is supported by competitive funding including ARC grants, competitive and contract research, and arts and cultural grant schemes.
While maintaining a focus on traditional professional practice areas, there is also an innovative approach to interdisciplinary work in the School, which will see the development of programs, research and engagement in digital and human interface design, co-designing with users, design for social innovation and design strategy. Our research is often collaborative and undertaken with end user communities (these include specific industry sectors and local communities) and includes collaborations with colleagues from other disciplines, RMIT schools, and universities.
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In addition to engaging with the University’s research Enabling Capability Platforms, staff develop their research through the following research groups and centres: