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The Design Practice Research Group (DPRG) at Loughborough University comprises a multi-disciplinary group of specialists all of whom bring their disciplines to bear on design and designing.
Their research activities are conducted into, for and by design: outcomes range between the fundamental (e.g. expanding the knowledge base of design) to the applied (e.g. developing the principles and practice of industrial design).
Their website can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/lds/research/groups/design-practice/