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About us: UAL Social Design Institute

The UAL Social Design Institute champions social and sustainable design at University of the Arts London (UAL) - helping to improve our communities, our society and the environment.

We support and promote the ground-breaking research and design produced by our students, staff, Colleges, award-winning research centres and hubs.

Find out more about what we do and get in touch if you'd like to learn more or get involved.

Sustainable Fast-Fashion Installation by Jenny Banks.
Sustainable Fast-Fashion Installation by Jenny Banks, Central Saint Martins. © John Sturrock

Our mission

UAL is a world-leader in social and sustainable research and design, especially in:

The Institute will build on UAL’s strengths by:

  • Creating more opportunities for critical and innovative design research - developing new knowledge in emerging areas
  • Co-creating new insights and ideas through design research with communities, businesses and policy makers
  • Helping UAL staff, students, PhD researchers and partners build knowledge and skills in social and sustainable design
  • Connecting people and organisations working in sustainable and ethical design

This is an exciting, expanding field and the UAL Social Design Institute is committed to helping it grow and thrive.

Contact us

If you are interested in:

  • Collaborating with us
  • Learning more about UAL’s work in social design and design for sustainability
  • Have any work you’d like to tell us about
  • Getting the latest news and updates from us

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19 September
Join us for our inaugural event