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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 international 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

Art/Design item


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