RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT @ IADT
Research, development, enterprise and innovation are embedded into the culture of IADT.
We pride ourselves on our expertise and experience in a range of creative, technological and entrepreneurial fields.
Academic staff and postgraduate research students across IADT lead or collaborate in research projects across the research spectrum – practice-based and scholarly, basic and applied – working with a diverse range of stakeholders and collaborators in the public and private sectors, at local, national and global level.
With research taking place in art, design, entrepreneurship, film, media, psychology, technology, and in many areas of the humanities, we tackle big questions across the creative industries and address some of the most important societal challenges, including equality, diversity, and sustainability. We also investigate and develop innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning across disciplines and utilising a range of digital and collaborative technologies.
FILM EU AND A SAMPLE OF OTHER PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECTS
We are one of the four institutions making up FilmEU, the European Universities Alliance for film and media arts. FilmEU is where cutting-edge research in these fields will take place, including VR/AR, immersive sound, animation, and film heritage; the consortium is also developing new models for artistic research, including the future of postgraduate research in film and media.
Our funders include the Irish Research Council and the Higher Education Authority, and we participate in a range of EU-funded projects, including,for example, the Erasmus funded projects TREND (Training Refugees in Entrepreneurial skills using Digital Devices) and InterAct (Intercultural Action Competence Tool for international youth projects), the Horizon 2020 funded SoPHIA Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment. With our partners in the UK, we are home to the innovative digital humanities project Feminist Art Making History, led at IADT by Dr. Tina Kinsella and funded by the IRC and AHRC.
INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATIONS
We work closely with other education institutes nationally and internationally and we have forged many successful industry engagements in commercial research for start-up enterprise and large corporations, and in non-profit and community projects; more information is found on the Media Cube website.
We are also a part of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium, through which support for technology transfer and the commercialisation of research is provided across IADT, TU Dublin, NCI, and DIAS.
Many of our research activities and industry engagements have focused on creative problem solving and the design of usable, engaging, efficient and delightful experiences for people as they interact with the physical and digital world. This work spans design thinking, user research, visual communications design, interaction & user experience (UX) design, digital prototyping & software development, and user testing. In our Public Design Lab we explore design for social good, ensuring those who needs are underserved or overlooked can have access to the newest design methodologies and technologies to solve their problems and improve life for everyone in our wider communities.
A SAMPLE OF OUR EXPERTISE
Some of our current research interests and expertise include:
- Policy, regulatory and economic issues across the creative industries
- Cultural policy and institutions, including heritage and museums
- Various aspects of cyberpsychology, in contexts including online dating, bullying, safety, adjustment to higher education, mental health, sports, and crime.
- Storytelling and narrative practice, including creative non-fiction and new media
- The ‘smart economy’, including new thinking around life in cities and towns
- Arts practice, including collaborative practice and socially engaged practice
- Interdisciplinary approaches to cultural life and to public cultures
- Visual and material culture, including historical and comparative approaches, in areas such as graphic design, animation, and photography
- Entrepreneurship, including in creative contexts, entrepreneurship education, and female entrepreneurs