Institute of Education


UCL Knowledge Lab

Leading interdisciplinary digital research and design in education.

London Knowledge Lab building

Director: Professor Carey Jewitt

Our mission is to understand and to develop digital technologies to support and transform education, and beyond.

Technologies for teaching and learning

Based on research evidence, we devise new pedagogies, design and implement innovative digital media and smart technologies for teaching and learning, and inform policymakers and educational stakeholders.


The Knowledge Lab brings together experts with imagination and insight from across different disciplinary backgrounds to:

  • Undertake cutting edge research on digital media and technologies
  • Provide an innovative and exciting interdisciplinary range of postgraduate courses
  • Create empowering technologies for communication and learning that lower the barriers to knowledge and widen access
  • Incubate enterprise and achieve impact via partnerships with public sector, business and industry.

The UCL Knowledge Lab extends the legacy of the London Knowledge Lab.

The London Knowledge lab was led since 2004 by Professors Richard Noss and Alex Poulovassilis as a collaborative initiative between educators from the Institute of Education and computer scientists from Birkbeck, funded  by the Science Research Investment Fund.

In 2016 the collaborative initiative ended and the UCL Knowledge Lab was established. Our common legacy includes over a decade of interdisciplinary research funded by ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, EU, JISC among others; a variety of knowledge exchange and public engagement activities; and a distinctive postgraduate training programme.


Our staff


Professor Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology

Founding Director

Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education

Academic Staff

Alison Clark-Wilson, Principal Research Associate
Alison Gazzard, Lecturer in Media Arts Education
Andrew Burn, Professor of English, Media and Drama
Asimina Vasalou, Senior Lecturer in Learning with Digital Technology
Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology
Canan Blake, Research Associate
Celia Hoyles, Professor of Mathematics Education
Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
Diane Carr, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies
Didem Özkul, Lecturer in Digital Arts and Media Education
Eileen Kennedy, Research Officer, Open-Mode Teaching
Estibalaz Fraca, Research Associate
Jeff Bezemer, Reader in Learning and Communication
Jennifer Rode, Senior Lecturer Education and Technology
Jessica White, Research Mentor
John Potter, Senior Lecturer in Media Education
Kate Cowan, Research Associate
Katie Parker, Research Mentor
Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Reader in Adaptive Technologies for Learning
Kerstin Leder Mackley, Research Associate
Kim Issroff, Research Mentor
Kit Logan, Learning Technology Fellow
Kristen Weatherby, Research Mentor
Laura Benton, Research Officer
Manolis Mavrikis, Reader in Learning Technologies
Martin Oliver, Professor of Education and Technology
Michelle Cannon, Lecturer in Media Education
Mutlu Cukurova, Lecturer in Digital Technologies in Education
Nikoleta Giannoutsou, Research Associate
Pablo Torres, Research Associate
Phaedra Shanbaum, Lecturer in Media Arts Education
Rhiannon Thomas, Research Associate
Rose Luckin, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
Santiago de Ossorno Garcia, Research Mentor
Sara Price, Professor of Digital Learning
Selena Nemorin, Lecturer in Sociology of Digital Technology
Tanika Kelay, Research Associate
Terhi Korkiakangas, Post-doctoral Fellow
Tim Neumann, Learning Technology Fellow
Tunde Olatunj, Research Associate

Administrative staff

Ronan Haughton, Programme Administration
Simon Huxtable, Projects Administration
Evy Samuelsson, Projects Administration

Honorary academics

Alice Hansen
Ernesto Laval
Ivan Kalas
Lord Jim Knight
Stuart Edwards
Vanessa Pittard

See UCL Research Portal, IRIS for more information about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes.

Study with us

Join us and carry out post-graduate Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research on the design, critique and implementation of digital media and technologies for education and beyond.

Graduate taught

•    Digital Media, Culture and Education MA
•    Education and Technology MA

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research

We have an active programme of teaching and support for doctoral students with experienced staff offering research supervision across a range of topics and research methods. Including the design of smart technologies for teaching and learning, coding and creativity, multimodal interaction, playful learning and games, designing for diversity and digital culture and media literacy.

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We also offer regular seminars and spaces to meet with world leading experts in the field. The UCL Institute of Education provides an ESRC recognised doctoral training programme to support students in acquiring cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative skills.


Our six research themes are:

  1. Designing smart technologies for teaching and learning
  2. Coding and creativity
  3. Multimodal interaction
  4. Playful learning and games
  5. Designing for diversity
  6. Digital cultures and media literacy

Featured research

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UCL Knowledge Lab is a leading interdisciplinary centre for the innovative study and design of digital media and technologies in diverse contexts.

We have substantial experience and expertise in carrying out consultancy and research projects for international, national, regional and local authorities and organisations including government departments, business and the IT sector, and voluntary organisations.


We can provide a range of consultancy services from one-day training or staff development initiatives to longer-term research and evaluation work. Examples:

  • The Future Classroom Toolkit: Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms (European Schoolnet)
  • UK Scoping Report for the Further Education Online Academy (JISC).
  • 2030 Vision for using learning technology for STEM (Royal Society)
  • Piloting Media Assessment Framework (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
  • The Home Access Programme Evaluation (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency)
  • Automated Tutor Grading: 1 to 1 online tutoring to monitor tutor quality and learning outcomes (Third Space Learning)
  • Evaluation of UK Online Paediatric care (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)

Case studies

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Seminar series

The UCL Knowledge Lab runs a monthly series of seminars which provide a showcase and platform for debate across the six research themes.

    The seminars are free to attend and are open to staff, students, alumni and the public. All are welcomed to attend. For booking instruction for non-UCL attendees, please view the individual event pages.

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