UAL Research Centres

Research Centres and Networks operate across the University, providing a focus for excellent research in identified areas of strength.

They support groups of researchers in a range of activities that extend beyond the remit of individual projects, creating an environment where debate can flourish, providing a sound foundation for future work.


  • Afterall

    Afterall is a Research Centre of University of the Arts London, located at Central Saint Martins. We undertake contemporary art research within this framework and in partnership with other international educational and cultural institutions.

  • Centre for Fashion Curation

    The Centre for Fashion Curation challenges and develops theory and practices by demonstrating and enabling rigorous, innovative and experimental work within fashion curation.

  • Centre for Sustainable Fashion

    The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) explores the field of design for sustainability and its application to fashion as both artistic and business practice.

  • Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice

    Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) aims to develop the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts.

  • Design Against Crime

    Design Against Crime (DAC) is a socially responsive, practice-based research initiative, which uses the processes and products of design to reduce all kinds of crime and promote community safety whilst improving quality-of-life.

  • Ligatus

    Ligatus is leading research within libraries and archives with particular interests in historical bookbinding.

  • Photography and the Archive Research Centre

    The Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) commissions new and innovative research into photography and culture.

  • Textile Futures Research Centre

    The Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) is a cross college practice-based and design-led centre comprised of researchers from Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins.

  • Transnational Art, Identity and Nation

    The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design.

  • Innovation Insights Hub

    The Innovation Insights Hub connects insights and ideas from creative research and practice to contemporary challenges resulting in innovative outcomes for society and business.