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At University of the Arts London, practice and theory-based research enriches our creative environment and positively impacts the work of UAL students and staff, demonstrating our leading global status in the arts, design and communication sectors.

Our academics play a prominent role in the UK’s creative culture, with research outcomes that enrich cultural life, enhance public awareness and understanding of major issues, and are of benefit to the creative and cultural industries.

The University has a vibrant Research culture across its 6 Colleges, with 9 University Research Centres and the University Innovation Insights Hub, which lead innovative research and disseminate this through exhibitions, publications, conferences, festivals and workshops.

UAL Research underpins UAL's vision to "ask original questions and arrive at new insights through the creativity and rigour of our practice and research". Through its collaborative research partnerships, creative enterprise and wide cultural contribution the University will address the following internationally shared research challenges:

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.

Research Events

MA to PhD

MA to PhD

  • 15 May 2019
  • Location: Chelsea Lecture Theatre

A workshop for current MA students at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, to introduce MA students to study at PhD level

Public Lecture by Claudia Rankine

Public Lecture by Claudia Rankine

  • 12 June 2019
  • Location: Chelsea College of Arts

Professor Claudia Rankine, cultural theorist, poet, essayist and playwright, returns to Chelsea College of Arts this June.  

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UAL research projects

Browse research and projects by UAL researchers and students.

Antarctica by Lucy Orta

Impact of our research

See how our academics are influencing international policy and practice.

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.

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).

Martin Westwood

Martin Westwood

Frank Martin Research Fellow in Sculpture at Central Saint Martins.