The UAL Social Design Institute develops and uses research insights to inform and change how designers and organisations design. Our mission is to make a positive social and environmental difference.
We work closely with colleagues across UAL including the Centre for Circular Design, Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Design Against Crime Research Centre.
Institute focus areas
Social Design Institute Meet the practitioner: Pratāp Rughani
Design for Dialogue: Valuing Doubt in an Age of Conviction: a Social Design Institute position paper by Pratāp Rughani responding to the toxic dialogue prevalent in today’s spaces when we disagree politically. It reflects on the possibility to design connections between us that nurture empathy and understanding.
Social Design Institute to collaborate on research targeting vaccine hesitancy and youth violence
UAL Social Design Institute recently announced a cross-UAL initiative to support ideas for small-scale social design and design for sustainability projects. The 3 design research proposals being taken forward this year will collaborate and co-create with London communities and Councils, to target local issues around COVID-19 immunisation, knife crime and youth violence
Pioneering research set to provide most comprehensive picture to date on state of design in UK
Design Council has announced a major project to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK - with the research to be carried out by UAL Social Design Institute and BOP Consulting. The findings will inform the ‘Design Economy 2021’ report and platform.
Insights and positions on social and sustainable design
UAL Social Design Institute has brought together some of the key people in social design and design for sustainability across UAL, to share key ideas and themes from their work. These rich and diverse insights are shared in a set of 11 free to download publications.
Social Design Institute Meet the practitioner: David Cross
Get Well Soon: Planetary Health and Cultural Practices by David Cross is part of UAL Social Design Institute's publications series. David’s paper stems from the theory that planetary health is the basis of human health, both physical and mental.
Related work in social design
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