Konstfack is energetically pursuing its goal of establishing a thriving research environment of international reach. Towards this end, the Research Office, supported by the KU Board, has between 2009-2010 undertaken and implemented a number of related initiatives.
These include: a series of fortnightly research seminars;
• a series of lectures and workshops led by internationally renowned scholars of practice-based research (including Andrea Phillips, Halina Dunin-Woyseth, Michael Biggs)
• close collaboration with other artistic/craft/design-research networks in Sweden and beyond, facilitating exchange of expertise and supervision as well as the possibility of joint research applications
• the creation of (bilingual) publication and broadcasting facilities ("Konstfack University Press") to support dissemination of results and raise Konstfack’s research profile in the Nordic region and internationally
• the integration of research into educational activities to facilitate closer collaboration and interdisciplinary initiatives
• the development of a distinctive research education to support the comparatively new fields of artistic research and practice-based research in art, craft, design, and visual art teacher education.
This is linked to the ambition to create research-related education/courses from undergraduate to post-graduate levels, as well as in collaboration with other educational institutions and industry (the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship being a notable example in this respect), thereby enhancing prospects for future research applications and initiatives as well as employment.
The purpose of such activities are twofold:
a) That our existing researchers experience a supportive, intellectually and creatively stimulating environment, leading to higher quality results and
b) That Konstfack develops thereby a reputation nationally and internationally as an inspiring venue for hosting high quality research of broad relevance in contemporary society.