Areas of research
Research at PhD level in the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is inclusive and interdisciplinary. We welcome research proposals that explore inclusive design within the areas of people, place and technology.
Previous projects include:
Candidates whose research is people centred and involves inclusive processes will benefit from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design’s theoretical and methodological expertise in inclusive design. Jointly supervised candidates will also benefit from inclusion in HHCD knowledge exchange activities including a twice yearly event and team activities.
Candidates are registered to one of the RCA Schools and supervised jointly with academics within the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
Applicants are advised to contact the School that most closely matches their research interests in the first instance and to make an application through the RCA application portal.
Research projects can be undertaken by practice or thesis routes. Visit our research degrees page to find out more.
Professor Jo-Anne Bichard
Professor of Accessible Design
Jo-Anne is a design anthropologist whose research involves multi / inter-disciplinary collaboration and participatory engagement in the inclusive design process.
Dr Chris McGinley
Senior Research Fellow
Chris is an award-winning people-centred designer, researcher and writer with over fifteen years of experience on a broad range of projects in inclusive design, which have been successfully commercialised, exhibited and disseminated internationally.
Senior Research Associate
Gail is a design researcher. Her research addresses social challenges through participatory and co-design methods with citizens and communities.