LICA is committed to leading interdisciplinary and international research in contemporary arts and rigorous enquiry into the relationship between creative practice, theory and criticism.

The UK government's recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed our research 7th in the UK on intensity-weighted GPA (grade point average) with 82% of our research classed as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading. Our research environment was particularly highly rated, with 100% deemed internationally excellent or world leading.

Our research environment reflects a unique dynamic, which has consolidated staff strengths whilst being further enhanced by new members of staff. Our research is organised across two research centres — Imagination and Insight.


Working together

ImaginationLancaster is an open and exploratory design research lab which conducts applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. 

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Insight is a creative research centre with disciplinary bases in Fine Art, Theatre, Film, Dance and Sound. It focuses on making meaning in the arts. 

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Research News

Our research centres are involved in many different events, research projects and outputs and further information can be found on our News and Events page. 

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