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ADMRC & Lab4Living

The Art, Design and Media Research Centre (ADMRC) is one of the longest established centres for research in the arts in the UK. It is a centre of excellence whose researchers are involved in the development of new methods and techniques for research.

Lab4Living is a trans-disciplinary research group based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practice. Set up in 2007, it is one of the longest established living labs in Europe. The generation and application of the methods demonstrated in this archive, has produced new insights in the creation of designs, works of art, film and media that contribute to social, environmental, cultural and economic well-being regionally, nationally and internationally.


Research Archive

This archive showcases work from two research centres that contribute outputs to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Unit of Assessment 32: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. These centres are the Art, Design and Media Research Centre and Lab4Living, both of whom reside within Sheffield Hallam University.

Research Themes

Research in the ADMRC and Lab4Living takes place in three overarching groups that each host strategic themes. Areas of enquiry vary in scale from lone scholars to larger networks, and have all produced notable research projects. 


The three themes are:

1) Creative Practices in Health and Wellbeing

2) Physical and Digital Making: Theory and Practice

3) Social, Cultural and Philosophical Narratives.

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The REF was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise, and is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies: Research England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE).

Impact Case Studies

Our Impact case studies, submitted to REF2021, highlight work which is effecting positive change on society, culture and health. These case studies demonstrate how our creative practice research is engaging with communities, impacting on public policy, and improving quality of life.

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