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Colourful geometric shapes and cropped images of student work.
Colourful geometric shapes and cropped images of student work.
Design by Jens Wolter, work by Judah Attille, April (Meichen) Lu, Paul Jackson, Unfolding Narratives, London College of Communication, UAL.

LCC research community

The research community at London College of Communication is made up of world-renowned practitioners and theorists specialising in film, current practices and histories of photography, communication studies, sound arts, graphic and information design, and spatial design.

Our research is supported by collaborations with industry, commerce and the cultural sector, funding from UK research councils, and through international partnerships.

LCC offers a supportive and exciting research environment for graduate researchers with seminars, lectures and events.

In recent years, graduate researchers have curated exhibitions, hosted conferences and produced publications of their work.

Research degrees

Find out about the benefits of studying a research degree at London College of Communication.

Research stories

Expanded Research

Expanded Research | Dr. Pratāp Rughani

Meet Pratāp Rughani, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at London College of Communication.

Expanded Research | Dr. Jennifer Good

Meet Dr. Jennifer Good, researcher, writer and PhD supervisor here at London College of Communication. Jennifer discusses photojournalism, psychoanalysis and the representation of violence in photography.

Expanded Research | Dr. Zoetanya Sujon

Watch Dr. Zoetanya Sujon, researcher and senior lecturer at London College of Communication speaking about data rights, privacy and surveillance.

Expanded Research | Prof. William Raban

Prof. William Raban, film maker, researcher and PhD supervisor at London College of Communication talks about experimental film, landscape and expanded cinema.

Expanded Research | Dr. Alison Prendiville

Watch Dr. Alison Prendiville, researcher, service designer and PhD supervisor talk about the role design can play in health and science settings.

Expanded Research | Dr. Ian Hague

Meet Ian Hague, a Lecturer on Contextual and Theoretical Studies and Researcher in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Expanded Research | Rebeccca Bramall

Rebecca Bramall, a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, speaks about the ways in which our ideas around taxation and tax avoidance are formed.

Expanded Research | Lucy Thornett

Lucy Thornett is researcher, practitioner and lecturer at London College of Communication. She tells us about her research into in performance design and immersive, site-specific practice.

Featured research staff

  • Close-up of Rebecca Bramall's staff photo.

    Rebecca Bramall

    LCC Media School, Course Leader, MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

  • A portrait of a woman.

    Nela Milic

    LCC Design School, Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

  • Staff headshot for Pratap Rughani

    Pratap Rughani

    Associate Dean of Research

Research centres

  • Image of a person viewing a photographic print up close at an exhibition
    Media School, LCC
    Photograph: Ana Escoabr

    Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) commissions new and innovative research into photography and culture, organising seminars, exhibitions, study days and conferences, both within UAL and externally.

  • Black and white single figure image, Mark Peter Wright – I, The Thing In The Margins, 2015, C-type Deluxe Print, Image courtesy of the artist
    Mark Peter Wright – I, The Thing In The Margins, 2015, C-type Deluxe Print, Image courtesy of the artist

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

Research hubs and networks

  • Student sitting at a desk using a computer to design creative media artwork
    Babett Kurschner, BA (Hons) Public Relations, photography credit Alys Tomlinson
    Branded Content Research Hub

    The Branded Content Research Hub (BCRH) explores content that is funded or produced by marketers.

  • Photo of desert landscape by David Birkin
    Visible Justice. Image © David Birkin
    Visible Justice Research Hub

    Visible Justice is a transdisciplinary research collective based at University of the Arts London.

  • Image of a map
    Image courtesy of UAL
    Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary

    The research hub at LCC brings together practitioners and theorists to explore and promote photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary.

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    Logo for Creative Industries Management Research Hub.
    Creative Industries Management Research Hub

    Creative Industries Management Research Hub brings together knowledge and new understanding on creativity, management and organisational behaviour as applied specifically to the activities of creative industries.

  • Stencils of numbers graffiti by Divya Sharma
    Image credit Divya Sharma
    Digital Cultures and Economies Research Hub

    The Digital Cultures and Economies Research Hub explores digital media and communications in contemporary cultures and economies.

  • Poster design for Radical Attic. Showing a section of blue text on an orange background.

    Design Activism Research Hub (DARH)

    Design Activism Research Hub is concerned with the visual and material culture practices and artefacts of social movements and other formations of resistance and agitation.

  • Logo of Graphic Subcultures research group
    Image courtesy of UAL
    Graphic Subcultures Research Hub

    The group aims to investigate graphic communication strategies used by self-identifying subcultural groups, often centred around music, fashion and lifestyle interests, to promote their stylistic, philosophical and ideological positions.

  • Close-up of a comic book, showing a man and woman interacting

    Comics Research Hub (CoRH)  

    The Comics Research Hub (CoRH) brings together world-leading academics from across UAL, highlighting the resources the university holds in its archives and providing a context for the wealth of ongoing comics research.

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    Screen Research Forum

    The Screen Research Forum is based at LCC and is organised by Professor William Raban. It serves as an arena for critical debate and enquiry into screen-based arts practice (film and television).

  • Sound Proof 2 documentation, 2009 by Monica Biagioli
    Space and Place

    This group explores the experience of urban environments, namely London and Elephant and Castle, to explore place-making processes and interrogate spatial discourse.

  • Exhibition view of multi-disciplinary work at London College of Communication

    Supra Systems Studio  

    Supra Systems Studio is a research machine from the Design School at LCC, interrogating and materialising the politics of network technology through design practice.

  • Conscientious Communicators Research Hub
    Conscientious Communicators Research Hub
    Conscientious Communicators Research Hub

    Conscientious Communicators is a cross-disciplinary community established to develop practice-based research around environmental and social creativity.

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    Experimental Pedagogies Research Group (EPRG)  

    The Experimental Pedagogies Research Group (EPRG) was set up on the 14th July 2020 in response to a growing demand from various staff and doctoral students at UAL for a place where theoretical and practical ideas of experimentation in creative educational contexts could be explored.