In REF 2014, 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) was rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*).

Established in 2000 as the Centre for Photographic Research and now designated as the European Centre for Documentary Research (eCDR), eCDR provides a focus in Wales for high quality research in photography that builds on both its institutional heritage and internationally renowned scholarship. It aims to develop work that addresses both the cultural histories of photography and the contemporary issues and debates informing photographic and film-based art and documentary practices.


eCDR’s main areas of activity include:

  • Conferences, symposia and seminars, focusing on current research interests of the Centre
  • Publishing, exhibition & curating
  • International Fellowship programme
  • Funded projects from research councils including AHRC, The Leverhulme Trust, foundations and Sector agencies
  • Cross-cultural partnerships with the museum and gallery sector
  • PhD and Post Doctorate research