Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are projects co-designed, and jointly supervised, between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer diverse and unique research projects that support the work of the partner organisation. Studentships are four years for full-time study.

Birmingham City University will be working in collaboration with British Arts Festival Association - BAFA  and CIVIC SQUARE on respective projects. The following projects are also listed on our PhD studentships page

Information can also be found via M4C's Find a Project page.

Co-creating regenerative futures: The role of architectural and social lab processes in communities shaping their civic and social infrastructures

We should all have the right to shape the places around us– both for the present and for future generations. This project brings people together in creative ways to collectively reimagine and create architectural and social visions for their future spaces and places.
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Re-imagining the arts festival in times of crisis

UK arts festivals are in crisis. They are dealing with the impact of Brexit and COVID, alongside questions around diversity, inclusivity, equity and sustainability. Working with the British Arts Festival Association (BAFA), the research will examine festival cultures, management, policy and programming to re-imagine the future of arts festivals.
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