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UAL’s researchers are active in defining, describing and critically assessing social design and design for sustainability.

We do this through practical projects with partners in community settings, local government, business and public services.

The Social Design Institute draws on this varied expertise to bring together articles in which UAL researchers share insights, perspectives and positions.

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Working papers

Our working papers present original research by the Social Design Institute's researchers and collaborators, providing new insights on social design.

Position papers

The Social Design Institute's specially commissioned position papers showcase some of the diverse thinking and innovative practice in social design and design for sustainability that exists across UAL.

What we've learned:

Social design is collaborative and participatory

Social design makes change visual and tangible

Social design connects experiences with structures and institutions

Social design is critical, reflexive and contextual

Alternatively, you can download all 13 position papers as a single document:

SDI Position Papers: Full Collection (PDF 4.24MB)