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Research at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Projects that address today’s most pressing challenges

The faculty and staff of the Herberger Institute engage in research projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. We position artists and designers at the center of public life in order to advance culturebuild equitable communities, and imaginatively engage the urgent questions and problems of our time.

Areas of research

Human Health and Wellbeing

Projects with a central focus on human health and well-being with a particular focus on sociological and community-based projects and applications, including environmental, quality of life and social determinants of health.

Planetary Health and Sustainability

Projects with a central focus on sustainability and climate, including climate justice, climate sustainability, climate sciences and climate impact.

Emerging Technologies

Projects with a central focus on creative technologies and emerging technologies in the creative and educational sectors. Includes critical technologies, micro technologies, XR, AI, technology security and more.

Education, Culture and Community Building

Projects with a central focus on the study of education or youth development and projects with a focus on creative and culture engagement with communities of all kinds.

Global impact

Projects with a central focus on projects that have a connection to international partners or international sites and help to advance communities abroad and international collaborations.

Art, Design and Science

Projects at the intersection of the arts, design and science. Including space exploration, extreme environments and technologies for arts performance.


in the nation for total research expenditures in visual and performing arts National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Rankings

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Obligated research awards


Externally-sponsored research expenditures


Research expenditures for 2022-23

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