Is art a research methodology? What kinds of work constitute artistic research? What forms of knowledge distinguish artistic knowledge from other forms of knowledge? What cognitive, social, and aesthetic processes are involved in the creation of research-based art? How do artistic research practices vary around the world? What kind of relationships with the audience or public are involved in artistic research? Does better research lead to better art? These are only a few of the fundamental questions investigated by the Department of Arts and Research within the framework of the PhD Programme for Art and Design. Further research interests include theories of relationality, methodological diversity, urban ecology, soil and biodiversity protection, food security (sovereignty), post-humanism, post-colonialism, and the Anthropocene.