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Research at Central Saint Martins

We conceive of research as a world-making activity. Through our practices, theorisations and speculations we challenge the boundaries of our subjects to engage pressing issues such as environmental change, health and wellbeing, and critical engagements with technology. Our research covers the entire spectrum of art and design activity, realised through exhibitions, artworks, designs, texts, books, films, photography, fashion, textiles, craft, curation, performance and architectural and spatial practices.

We innovate solutions to emerging social issues. We regularly work in collaboration with national and local government agencies, businesses, NGOs, scientific organisations and policy groups to deliver real-world impacts. Through our partnerships and networks we develop joint research initiatives, consultancy and public engagement activity that contributes positively to society both locally and globally.

Our collaborators include:

  • British Antarctic Survey
  • British Fashion Council
  • The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • HM Prison Service
  • Louvre Museum
  • Museu de Art de São Paulo
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Warburg Institute
  • Wellcome Collection

We nurture the next generation of research through our thriving PhD programme. Central Saint Martins is a member of the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership, through which we are able to provide funded PhD scholarships.

CSM research projects

An abstract installation of lights
Crumbles Turret Light Show, Image courtesy of Jet
Fashion in Film
L'Inhumaine, 1924, Directed by Marcel LHerbier
Photograph of dyed textures that look like fish skin
Tokushima indigo dye museum, Indigo dyeing on fish skin. Image taken by Takayuki Ishii, 2019

CSM research groups, networks and collaborations

CSM Doctoral Student Hub

CSM archives and collections

Research stories

What is it like to live with Parkinson's?

A cross-disciplinary collaboration, Patterns of Perception aims to help us better understand life lived with Parkinson's. In this ongoing project, a group of individuals with Parkinson’s collaborated with practitioners from Central Saint Martins

Hacking Hearts

This fast-paced project saw postgraduate students from across disciplines hack the research of our two inaugural Scientists in Residence.

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