Research Student Supervisors

MPhil/PhD Degrees

This page lists current supervisors, with links to their research profiles. These give an idea of the key areas of research that are covered at the RCA. If there is a particular member of staff that you are interested in working with, then please email the relevant School Administrator. While we offer relevant supervisory expertise for all of our research students, we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated your preferred supervisor. However, all academic staff named in these lists contribute to research seminars and lectures, and there will be opportunities to seek advice from staff beyond your supervisory team as appropriate.

See MPhil/PhD Application Process for more information on the application process and writing a research proposal.


Naren Barfield

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Jo-Anne Bichard
Rama Gheerawo
Ed Matthews

School of Architecture

Research Lead: Dr Harriet Harriss

Professor Graeme Brooker
Mark Campbell
Professor Tarsha Finney
Dr Jon Goodbun
Dr Platon Issaias
Dr Sam Jacoby
Dr Adam Kaasa
Dr Adrian Lahoud
Dr Godofredo Pereira 

Find out more about MPhil/PhD degrees in Architecture.

School of Communication

Research Lead: Professor Teal Triggs

Nicky Hamlyn
Anne Howeson
Joe King
Rathna Ramanathan 
Tom Simmons
Teal Triggs
Kevin Walker

Find out more about MPhil/PhD degrees in Communication.

School of Design

MPhil and PhD applicants are encouraged to view the profiles of the School of Design specialist subject areas and potential supervisors and then email with a research proposal prior to application. Please make sure when contacting us and applying to state the subject area and name of the potential supervisor(s). For further enquiries regarding School of Design supervision please contact

Research administrator:

Design Products

Professor Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen
Dr Rob Philips

Global Innovation Design

Dr John Stevens
Dr Stephen Jia Wang


Zowie Broach
Barry Curtis
Susan Postlethwaite
Tristan Webber

Innovation Design Engineering

Professor Ashley Hall
Dr Stephen Jia Wang

Intelligent Mobility

Professor Dale Harrow
Dr Chris Thorpe


Dr Sina Sareh

Service Design

Dr Nick de Leon
Dr Ronald Jones
Dr Qian Sun


Professor Clare Johnston
Dr Fiona Curran
Flora McLean
Jemma Ooi
Dr Sara Robertson
Freddie Robins
Lynn Tandler
Anne Toomey
Dr Elif Ozden Yenigun

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Professor Paul Anderson

Find out more about MPhil/PhD degrees in Design.

School of Arts & Humanities

Research Lead: Professor Rebecca Fortnum

Dr Jesse Ash
Dr James Ryan (V&A)
Felicity Aylieff
Jonathan Boyd
Dr Heike Brachlow
Mel Brimfield 
Dr Steve Brown
Dr Sarah Cheang
Dr Pil Collecktiv
Dr Nicky Coutts
Dr Ben Cranfield 
Michaela Crimmin
Professor Juan Cruz
Barry Curtis
Dr Brian Dillon
Dr Chantal Faust
Professor Rebecca Fortnum
Professor Johnny Golding
Professor Rebecca Harvey
Graham Hudson
Dr Mel Jackson
Sarah Jones 
Dr Melanie Jordan
Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester
Professor Peter Kennard 
Dr Pil Kollectiv
Rut Blees Luxemburg
Bob Matthews
Jonathan Miles
Jeremy Millar
Dr Peter Oakley
Dr Tim O'Riley
Francette Pacteau 
Dr Livia Rezende
Professor Olivier Richon
Professor Nigel Rolfe
Michael Rowe
Dr Aura Satz
Tai Shani 
John Slyce
Professor Martin Smith
Sarah Staton
Professor Jo Stockham
Dr Shehnaz Suterwalla
Emma Talbot
Dr Joanne Tatham 
Finlay Taylor
Dr Sarah Teasley 
Edward Thomasson
Milly Thompson 
Dr Nina Wakeford
Professor Victoria Walsh
Dr Grant Watson
Hermione Wiltshire

Find out more about MPhil/PhD degrees in Arts & Humanities and History of Design.


School of Architecture:

School of Arts and Humanities

School of Communication

School of Design