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Global Disability Innovation Hub

Girl interacting with a textiles installation that hangs for the ceiling
Textiles installation suspended from the ceiling by Amelia Rodney

GDI Hub Collective Aim: To make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

In 2022, the 7 College sites of LCF will be brought together on 1 site at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in Stratford. Working with Stratford East partners, collaborators and our future neighbours, including University College London, Loughborough London, Sadlers’ Wells and the V&A, London College of Fashion is a co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Launched on National Paralympic Day by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, on the eve of the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil, the GDIHub Community is an ambitious collaboration derived from the successful delivery of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Working across institutions, the GDIHub Partners and wider community intend to change general perception about disability through transdisciplinary design and innovation initiatives by creating a dedicated research, teaching and practice centre at the QEOP in London, with an engaged and active global network and online community.

Most importantly individuals and groups central to the hub’s aims will have a pivotal role and active voice. The GDIHub will provide a platform for the talents of those with diverse ability, to lead the expertise of practitioners, academics and local communities.

Hub themes include:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Disability Inclusive International Development
  • Inclusive Design, Arts and Culture
  • Accessibility of the Built Environment
  • Disability Sport
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

PhD Students

Anna Boonstra | Cat Smith | Circe Ellison | Rhian Solomon