Miranda's research focus is primarily directed to advantaging an understanding of collaborative engagement with a central focus of determining a multi-level framework for the arts that sees creative arts as having an intrinsic value beyond the boundaries of the art gallery. As a visual artist she primarily works with photo and digital media. Installation practice and new media constructs have directly influenced her work that finds contexts in many disparate environments .In 2005 she was Chief investigator on a Collaborative Grant with Hunter New England Health as the funding partner. The primary outcome was a commissioned art work Moving the Royal-Framing the Windows installed permanently in the foyer of The Royal Newcastle Centre Hospital in Newcastle. This facility in it's first year of operation had 1 million people access the hospital, all of whom could be considered potential viewers of the artwork.This involved a unique collaboration between hospital staff and academics and those in the community who were dramatically affected by the closure of the hospital. The results were reported in an invited paper presented at the inaugural 2006 Australian Medical Humanities Conference in Byron Bay and formed the primary case study for her PhD, Vital Signs/Art and Wellness: The Hospital as a Mediated Site.
From 2006 to 2011 Miranda collaborated with The Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI) at The University of Newcastle on research that focused on doctoral supervision and examination in Fine Art resulting in four refereed publications.