DAP_r Research: Impact and Interfaces of Creative Practice Research


The DAP_r project funded research investigating the value and contribution doctoral training in creative practice research makes to professional practice and pedagogy.

The project has resulted in parallel research booklets. The first is a survey of the immediate impacts of the program in industry and the academy; and the second an exploration of the interface between PhD research and improved pedagogical practices in studio teaching.

The booklets address design research from different perspectives, giving an overview of the constellation of ideas that surround the topic and explicating its layers, dimensions, possibilities and implications in the academic and professional realms. They then dive, respectively, into the impact or contribution of the practice-based PhD model in professional practice, and into pedagogical approaches to studio teaching. The topics are closely connected, with the assumption of interaction and mutual nourishment between practice, research and teaching. Each booklet articulates its research methodology and presents an organised record of the data collected through interviews and workshops with practitioner/researchers.

The research was undertaken by postdoctoral researcher Dr Cecilia De Marinis, who was previously engaged as a research fellow within the ADAPT-r Project at RMIT Europe. The DAP_r research built on surveys of PhD candidates (current and completed) undertaken as part of ADAPT-r.

As well as being iteratively reported back to partners throughout 2017, research in-progress was presented at the Impact By Designing Conference in Bruxelles in April 2017, at the Practice in Research <> Research in Practice event at Bond University in July, and CA2RE Conference for Artistic and Architectural (Doctoral) Research at the University of Ljubljana in September 2017.

The research booklets will be available via this site following completion in January 2018.