profile current work mindful design creative research knowledge & research PhD training contact



Doctoral Education

A practitioner and researcher with a background in Craft and a PhD in Design, Kristina has moved beyond traditional craft practises, combining research and practice in the development of her work. She understands the benefits and challenges of using practice within research as well as of using research to advance her practice. From this experience, she has developed a strong portfolio of work relating to the standards of doctoral training and supervision, and in the relationship of theory and practice within research, on which she has lectured internationally.

Kristina has been a PhD supervisor since 2007. She has led and contributed to doctoral training in art and design in various institutions she has worked at as well as internationally. She was the DART co-ordinator for the University of Wolverhampton where she contributed lectures on her experience of using design practice in doctoral research.

DART - Design Advanced Research Training

DART (2006-2020) was a project originally funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, which developed a rich research training for students studying for the degrees of PhD, MPhil, MRes, or MA/MSc by research, broadly focused in the area Design. DART is co-ordinated by Coventry University with partners Middlesex University, London Metropolitan University, University of Wolverhampton, Nottingham Trent University, University for the Creative Arts, and Loughborough University.

Keynotes, Lectures and Workshops

2018 Invited Speaker and workshop leader for Doctoral Symposium in the Crafts, Gothenburg University, Sweden, April 2018.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Craft transferable: Values, knowledge and skills for design and industry?, HDR Research Training Workshop “The changing role of skills, craft and the designer in the light of delocalisation of manufacturing practices”, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 5 November 2015.

2012 Keynote speaker: NordFo 2012: Making - International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway.

2010 Keynote speaker: AHRC doctoral training day, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, UK.

2010 Invited speaker, ESRC seminar New Forms of Doctorate, London Knowledge Lab, UK.

2008 Invited speaker: Artistic Research: Forschung durch Kunst und Design. Inaugural Symposium of the Doctoral Programme, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.

Niedderer, K. 2007. Relating the Production of Knowledge and the Production of Artefacts in Research. The Art of Research Helsinki: UIAH.

Niedderer, K. 2005. Practice in the Process of Doctoral Research. In Theory? Leicester: DeMontfort University.

Relevant Publications

Niedderer, K. (2021). Mapping the nature of knowledge in creative and practice-based research. In C. Vear and F. Candy (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Practice-Based Research. Routledge. DOI

Niedderer, K. and K. Townsend (2014). Designing Craft Research: Joining Emotion and Knowledge. Design Journal, vol. 17 (4), pp. 624-648. link

Niedderer, K. (2013). Explorative Materiality and Knowledge: The Role of Creative Exploration and Artefacts in Design Research. Formakademisk, 6 (2), pp. 1-20. link

Niedderer, K (2009). Understanding Methods: Mapping the Flow of Methods, Knowledge and Rigour in Design Research Methodology. IASDR International Conference 2009. (Proceedings, CD). Seoul, Korea: IASDR. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2009). The Culture and Politics of Knowledge in Design Research: How to Develop Discipline Specific Methodologies. In Design & Cultures. 5th Annual Design Research Conference 2009. Spokane, WA, USA: Washington State University, Spokane. pdf

Niedderer, K. and Imani, Y. (2009). Developing a Framework for Managing Tacit Knowledge in Research using Knowledge Management Models. In D. Durling, C. Rust, L. Chen, P. Ashton and K. Friedman (eds.) Undisciplined! Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. ISBN: 978-1-84387-293-1. link

Niedderer, K. (2009). Relating the Production of Knowledge and the Production of Artefacts in Research. In N. Nimkulrat and T. O'Riley (eds.) Reflections and Connections. Helsinki: UIAH,

Niedderer, K. (2007). Mapping the Meaning of Knowledge in Design Research. Design Research Quarterly, 2(2). pdf

Niedderer, K. (2007). A Discourse on the Meaning of Knowledge in Art and Design Research. 7th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Izmir, Turkey: European Academy of Design. pdf

Niedderer, K. 2007. Practice in the Process of Doctoral Research. In Theory? Leicester: DeMontfort University. pdf

Niedderer, K. and S. Roworth-Stokes. (2007). The Role and Use of Creative Practice in Research and its Contribution to Knowledge. In S. Poggenpohl, (ed.) Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2007 (CD). Hong Kong: IASDR and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. pdf

Durling, D. and K. Niedderer. (2007) The Benefits and Limits of Investigative Designing. In S. Poggenpohl, (ed.) Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2007 (CD). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University. pdf

Niedderer, K., Biggs, M. & Ferris, M. (2006). The Research Exhibition: context, interpretation, and knowledge creation. International Design Research Society Conference WonderGround. Lisbon, Portugal: IADE. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2005). How much theory do we need to ride a bicycle: or how useful is research for practice? in Rogers, P., L. Brodhurst, and D. Hepburn (eds.) Crossing Design Boundaries. Proceedings of the 3rd Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, Edinburgh, UK. London: Francis & Taylor, 9-14.

Niedderer, K. (2004). Why is there the Need for Explanation? - Objects and their Realities, in Biggs, M.A. (ed.) Working Papers in Art and Design 3. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire, 2004.


© Copyright 2007-current Kristina Niedderer