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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 focused through three thematic lenses - Identities and Equity, Climate and Ecology, Commons and Publics.Our research covers the entire spectrum of art and design activity, realised through exhibitions, artworks, designs, texts, books, films, photography, fashion, textiles, craft, 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

CSM research groups, networks and collaborations

Postgraduate research

As a postgraduate researcher at Central Saint Martins, you can push the boundaries of knowledge and practice in art and design.

The College has a rich research culture, and welcomes people with a wide range of interests and perspectives. We attract postgraduate students from the UK and around the world whose work covers theoretical, historical and critical studies, as well as practice-led research.

As creators, practitioners and thinkers, we conceive of research as fostering an engagement with what we value and care for as a contribution to systemic changes. Through our practices, theorisations and speculations we challenge the boundaries of our subjects to engage pressing issues such social justice, climate crisis, health and wellbeing and critical engagement with technology.

Our supervisor expertise at the cutting-edge of art and design include the following subject areas:

  • Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability
  • Biodesign, Biodiversity and Future Materials
  • Architecture, Spatial Practices and Narrative Environments
  • Creative and Material Processes and Pedagogies
  • Creative Practices and Wellbeing
  • Creative Pedagogies and Collaborative Practice
  • Graphic and Visual Communications Practices & Theories
  • Fine Art, Art Theory and Critical Studies
  • Artist Moving Image and Time-based Media
  • Art and Science
  • Visual Practices and Theories
  • Performance: Space, Body, Screen
  • Curatorial Practices & Theories and Exhibition Histories
  • Fashion Design, History, Theory and Curation
  • Popular Culture, Sequential Art and Comics Studies

For initial enquiries about a research degree at Central Saint Martins please email Caterina Albano (

CSM archives and collections

Research stories

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    The Great Unwashed, , Adriana Cobo Corey (Photo: Catarina Heeckt)

    (In)Visible Processes: Adriana Cobo Corey

    In this conversation, Adriana Cobo Corey shares her PhD research on taste, space and power. See her work in (In)Visible Processes at the Lethaby Gallery curated by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students. The exhibition shares recent PhD research from across disciplines to demystify the work and unravel its mechanisms.

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    Parade for Climate Justice (photo: Ana Blumenkron)

    Parade for Climate Justice

    Yesterday, students and staff from across UAL came together for the Parade for Climate Justice. In a show of planetary care and creativity, our community walked through London in a bittersweet celebration of how the arts can –  and must – respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

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    Post-Grad Community

    Introducing the Post-Grad Community Ambassadors 2021-2022

    Meet the postgraduate student ambassadors who are employed to help deliver and innovate sociable online and face to face events for our MA/PhD community!

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    The Physarum Experiments, study No. 022: Starvation Fireworks | Heather Barnett.

    KE Voices: Heather Barnett on the intersection between science and arts

    Heather shares her journey to becoming an interdisciplinary artist and researcher and her involvement in the European partnership STEAM INC.

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    Sława Harasymowicz Radio Warsaw, Neuengamme Memorial (2021)

    Radio Warszaw by Sława Harasymowicz, PhD Fine Art, Central Saint Martins

    Radio Warszawa / Radio Warsaw was a performative action by Sława Harasymowicz (PhD Fine Art, Central Saint Martins).

  • Picture of a fist with the words 'InHouse Records' on top
    Images courtesy of InHouse records

    InHouse Records and the power of choice

    Design Against Crime Research Fellow Judah Armani created the world’s first record label to be launched within prison and created by and with prison inmates: InHouse Records.

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