Practice-based Research

My PhD work is online at

I have described my research as being practice-based, but what’s meant by that description? The term has been characterised by Linda Candy (2006) who writes:

Practice-based Research is an original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. Claims of originality and contribution to knowledge may be demonstrated through creative outcomes which may include artefacts such as images, music, designs, models, digital media […] Whilst the significance and context of the claims are described in words, a full understanding can only be obtained with direct reference to those outcomes.

Reference: L. Candy (2006). Practice Based Research: A Guide, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, University of Technology Sydney