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Intra-institutional collaboration

Our activities, approaches and aims synergise with the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Cultural Understanding, Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing, Justice and Equality and Transformative Technology.

Urban Laboratory Steering Committee members participate in the Executive Group of the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities and contributed to the London 2062 project, gathering evidence about the forces and factors that shape London, identifying decision points, and debating how the city will change over the five decades between London 2012 and London 2062.

Our work compliments the strategies of a wide range of other urban-focused UCL departments, institutes and initiatives. To date, our activities are focused primarily in four UCL faculties that provide financial, logistical and academic support our work:

UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences

UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Academic collaboration beyond UCL

We work with a wide range of other academic institutions. Our recent activities have made links with:

The African Centre for Cities Loughborough University
Birkbeck, University of London The Open University
Brunel University West London Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Central St Martins College of Art and Design Royal Holloway, University of London
The Chinese University of Hong Kong  Università della Calabria
City University, School of Social Sciences University of Gothenburg
CITY University of Leeds
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland University of Nicosia
Goldsmiths, University of London University of Plymouth
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies University of Tasmania
King’s College London University of the Witwatersrand
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm UrbanGrad, TU Darmstadt
London School of Economics Technische Universität Berlin

Beyond the academy

We work with a wide range of organisations beyond the academy. Our recent activities have made links with: 

MagCulture Shop
Arcola Theatre Museum of Islamic Art
Arup Phase 2 Gallery Museum of London
Arup Associates Omnibus Clapham
Bertha DocHouse
Open City Docs Fest
The British Film Institute Optimistic Productions
Camden Arts Centre Paara


The Cinema Museum Peckham Festival
Department for Communities and Local Government Polish Cultural Institute
The Cinema Museum PUKAR, Mumbai
Department for Culture, Media and Sport RIBA
EDAW Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Embassy of Brazil in London Royal Norwegian Embassy
Fringe! Reaktion Books
Freeword Centre Regional Development Agencies
Hackney Picturehouse Resolve Collective
Homes and Communities Agency Resonance FM
Hoxton Hall Roxy Bar and Screen

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The Royal Academy
Italian Cultural Institute in London SPARC, Mumbai
Just Space St John on Bethnal Green
Liverpool Biennale Terry Farrell and Partners
LIVINGMAPS UN Development Programme
London Borough of Hackney VAK, Mumbai
The London Design Festival Westminster Hub
London Short Film Festival The White Building
Lumen Whirled Cinema

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