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Dr Danah Abdulla

Programme Director Graphic Design
University of the Arts London
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Danah  Abdulla


I am a designer, educator and researcher interested in new narratives and practices in design that push the disciplinary boundaries and definitions of the discipline.

Currently I hold the position of Programme Director of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, UAL. Prior to my role at CCW, I was Senior Lecturer in Brunel University London’s Design department where I lead on communication design modules across the BA and BSc courses, and was a Lecturer in the Design school at London College of Communication.

I am a founding member of the Decolonising Design research group alongside seven other researchers, and the Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine, a non-profit publication about Arab thought and culture.

I obtained my PhD from the Design department at Goldsmiths, University of London. My research is particularly focused on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and critical views of social design.

Outputs include journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. I have presented my work at a range of academic conferences and more industry focused conferences, conducted several workshops, and alongside my research group Decolonising Design, organised a symposium on intersectionality in design, co-edited an issue of the Design and Culture journal, and organised part of the platforms programme for the Beyond Change conference in Basel.

Research Outputs


Book Section

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item



Current research students

  • Qais Ahmad, Using Design for Behaviour Change and Communication Design to influence household behaviour towards food waste prevention: An exploration in the Jordanian context (Joint supervisor)


Communication and graphic design