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Groups and networks

There are numerous research hubs and groups across the University and 6 Colleges. They provide support and creative collaboration to UAL researchers and the wider research community.

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Art and philosophy research group

Fostering collaborations among doctoral students through conferences, symposia and talks on the subject of philosophy, politics and the arts.

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Smiling lady

Better Living Research Hub

Facilitating a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its potential improvement in the fashion and creative industries.

Surreal, colourful illustration
Surreal, colourful illustration

Centre For Drawing: A Network

Developing a better understanding of drawing as a cross disciplinary subject.

Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies
Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research delivers insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

Conscientious Communicators Research Hub
Conscientious Communicators Research Hub

Conscientious Communicators Research Hub

Discussion and exploration around environmental and social creativity with informed and inspirational educators, students and practitioners.

Creative Industries Management Research Hub
Creative Industries Management Research Hub

Creative Industries Management Research Hub

Researching creativity, management and organisational behaviour in the creative industries.

Two students having a discussion
Two students having a discussion

Critical Practice

A cluster of individual artists, researchers and academics support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organisation.

Cultural and Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration
Cultural and Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration

Cultural and Historical Studies Hub

A space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.

Design Activism
Design Activism

Design Activism Research Hub (DARH)

Enquiring into the visual and material practices and artefacts of social movements and other formations of resistance and agitation.

Performance on stage
Performance on stage

Design for Performance Hub

A space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance.

Student at a grad show
Student at a grad show

DESIS

Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability: a network of design labs promoting and supporting sustainable change.

Mannequin hand peaking out of black sand
Mannequin hand peaking out of black sand

Digital Anthropology Lab

Delivering insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

Girl examining an exhibit at a summer show
Girl examining an exhibit at a summer show

Exhibitions: Histories, Practices

Examining the validity and effects of exhibitions and curating practices inside and outside the museum and the gallery space.

A paper collage
A paper collage

Fashion Design and Visual Arts Practice Hub

Generating connections between researchers engaged with the fields of fashion design, costume, curation and the visual arts.

Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996
Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996

Fashion: History, Theory, Curation and Film

Exploring fashion through gender, everyday life, gothic studies, literature, performance, queer theory, representation, sexuality and social class.

Window on 44th St, study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan
Window on 44th St, study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan

Fashion Media and Communication Hub

A platform to discuss fashion media and its imagery in a disciplinary context through dialogues, projects and events.

‘Scoliosis’ by Annelie Gross, MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, UAL Photograph by Jon Emmony for SHOWstudio.
‘Scoliosis’ by Annelie Gross, MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, UAL Photograph by Jon Emmony for SHOWstudio.

Global Disability Innovation Hub

Making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

Logo of Graphic Subcultures research group
Logo of Graphic Subcultures research group

Graphic Subcultures

Investigating graphic communication used by subcultural groups to promote their stylistic, philosophical and ideological positions.

Wooden maquettes of houses
Wooden maquettes of houses

Identity, In, and Through, the Built Environment

Exploring the environment as a living network of communications and interactions between people, buildings, spaces, objects and stories.

Abstract collage of fabrics
Abstract collage of fabrics

&Living Systems Lab Research Group

The Living Systems Lab explores the inherent properties of biological living systems.

Group of young male models looking at the camera
Group of young male models looking at the camera

Masculinities Hub

This cross-disciplinary hub fosters the exploration of the multiple meanings and forms of contemporary and historic masculinities.

Image of a video art installation by Hannah Rickards
Image of a video art installation by Hannah Rickards

Moving Image: Practice, Criticism, Discourse

A focal point for the diverse activity in film and video currently pursued by the artists, curators and writers teaching across the Art Programme.

Colourful abstract painting
Colourful abstract painting

Paint Club

Explore and debating what it means to research painting within the context of contemporary art practice.

3 male street dancers doing a performance on the subway
3 male street dancers doing a performance on the subway

Performing Dress Lab

Delivering insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

A display of vases
A display of vases

Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary

Exploring and promoting photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary.

Roberto Trotta the Planck Collaboration
Roberto Trotta the Planck Collaboration

Picturing the Invisible

A research network and collaboration between University of the Arts London (UAL) and University College London (UCL), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

sensingsite

A platform for researchers and artists to present work exploring issues of place, space and site across diverse media and approaches.

Girl looking at posters
Girl looking at posters

Socially responsive design and innovation

Locating the principles, processes and methods that enable designers to deliver socially responsive practice.

Student holding a sketchbook
Student holding a sketchbook

Space and Place

Exploring placemaking processes and interrogating spatial discourse.

A drawing of a woman's face
A drawing of a woman's face

Subjectivity and Feminisms

Exploring questions and issues of identity as they are mediated between artist/writer, artwork and viewer.

Textiles Environment Design

Developing the role designers can play in reducing impact on the environment and providing tools for design-centred solutions.

Fashion collage
Fashion collage

Transnational Fashion Hub

Researching the interplay between the forces of global and local characterising fashion production and consumption.