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Our academics play a prominent role in the UK’s creative culture, with research that enriches cultural life, enhances public understanding of major issues, and benefits the creative and cultural industries.

We have a vibrant research community across our 6 Colleges - with 9 research centres and an Innovation Insights Hub, which leads and promotes innovative research.

Research stories

Our themes

Iris
Iris, Rob Kesseler

Living with Environmental Change

Through creative practice increasing understanding of environmental change, communicating the issues and designing for new business models, social innovations and sustainable living. Using design to reduce waste and to change producer and consumer behaviours.

Delamore, Glove

Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Designing for people’s life long economic, social and health impact, in order to maximise societal gains and minimise issues of dependency, isolation, and inequality.

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Digital Anthropology Lab launch at London College of Fashion October 2015 photography by Hannah Puskarz BA Fashion Photography

Digital Futures

Exploring through practice how technology affects lives, changes the way society interacts and impacts on communities, cultural production, future society, and economic growth.

‘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.

Community Resilience

Using art and design to support communities in understanding how to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the issues they face, through co-design, co-creation, socially responsive practices and social entrepreneurship.

Our research

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Image courtesy of UAL

UAL research projects

Browse research and projects by UAL researchers and students.

Antarctica by Lucy Orta
Antarctica by Lucy Orta

Research centres

Discover our research centres and networks, operating across the University, providing a focus for excellent research in identified areas of strength.

Digital Anthropology lab at London College of Fashion
Digital Anthropology lab at London College of Fashion

Researching at UAL

Find out what it's like to be a researcher at UAL.

Research events

Streetstyle: 1994-Now

Streetstyle: 1994-Now

  • 16 November 2019
  • Location: RHS East

A symposium exploring subcultural dress from curatorial perspectives, image-making, identity and representation.

TrAIN Open Lecture: Propaganda Art in the 21st Century - Jonas Staal

TrAIN Open Lecture: Propaganda Art in the 21st Century - Jonas Staal

  • 21 November 2019
  • Location: Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Arts

TrAIN Open Lecture: Propoganda Art in the 21st Century - Jonas Staal will talk about understanding of 'propaganda' in the post-truth era - and how to create a new kind of emancipatory propaganda art; the lecture will include a book signing.

Staging Mixed Reality Symposium

Staging Mixed Reality Symposium

  • 5 March 2020
  • Location: Cottesloe Room, Clore Learning Centre

Join world leading designers, directors and theatre companies, as well as leading academics, for a one-day symposium considering the practical and creative possibilities of mixed reality and virtual worlds in theatre and performance.

Our researchers

Donatella Barbieri

Donatella Barbieri

Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance at London College of Fashion.

Professor Sonia Boyce

Professor Sonia Boyce

Chair of Black Art and Design and Member of TrAIN (Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation).

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Professor Robert Kesseler

Visual artist and Professor at Central Saint Martins and University Chair in Arts, Design & Science (2013-16)