The UAL Social Design Institute champions social and sustainable design at University of the Arts London (UAL) - helping to improve communities, society and the environment.
Our aim is to amplify, connect, support and promote the ground-breaking design, research and knowledge exchange carried out 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.
Our mission is to use research insights to inform and change how designers and organisations do design – and how researchers understand design – resulting in positive and equitable improvements to communities, society and the environment.
The Institute works to achieve its mission by:
- creating opportunities for critical and innovative design research, developing new knowledge in emerging areas of research and practice in particular value, systems and policy
- co-creating new insights and ideas through design research with communities, businesses and policy makers
- helping UAL staff, students, PhDs and partners build skills and knowledge in social and sustainable design
- connecting UAL staff and students with external partners working in social and sustainable design.
People and governance
The Social Design Institute is governed by a Management Committee, responsible to the University’s Executive Board. Chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, the Management Committee provides expert oversight of the Institute’s strategic development and day-to-day operations.
On a day-to-day basis, the work of the Institute is carried out by a core team, led by its Director Professor Lucy Kimbell.
Get in touch
We would love to hear from you, if you want to:
- learn more about the Social Design Institute and UAL’s work in social design and design for sustainability
- collaborate with us as a research partner – whether you are an organisation or from another university
- find out how social design can benefit your organisation including accessing training and consultancy support
- get advice and guidance on how to evaluate your own social design activities.