The UCL Knowledge Lab explores how we live and learn with technology and media.
The UCL Knowledge Lab is a research laboratory working to reduce social barriers to knowledge, bringing together experts with imagination and insight from across different disciplinary backgrounds to undertake cutting edge research on digital media and technologies.
The work of the the lab focuses on the following research themes:
- Technology and human learning
- Technology, body and cognition
- Technology, culture and society
- Media Arts and Play
- Technology, communication & knowledge
We centre multimodality and co-design as methodological approaches.
- Our values
- Innovation – we value interdisciplinary collaboration and pride ourselves on our creativity in developing innovative and participatory methods in multimodal, design-based and practice-based research.
- Integrity – we strive for an honest and respectful approach in our interactions with colleagues, students and external collaborators and aim to conduct ethical research with positive and lasting impact on people’s lived experience.
- Inclusion – we value diversity and are strongly committed to developing ways of working with technology which contribute to equity and social justice.
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 IOE 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 people
- Professor Allison Littlejohn
- John Potter, Professor of Media Education
- Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Ned Barker, Senior Research Fellow
- Gyorgy Beck, Lecturer in Film Production
- Laura Benton, Senior Research Fellow
- Jeff Bezemer, Professor of Communication
- Andrew Burn, Professor of English, Media and Drama
- Michelle Cannon, Lecturer in Media Education
- Diane Carr, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
- Alison Clark-Wilson, Professorial Research Fellow
- Mutlu Cukurova, Associate Professor
- Eleanor Dare, Lecturer in Practice-based Research and Media
- Bruno De Paula, Lecturer in Digital Media Production
- Sophia Diamantopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow
- Hakan Ergul, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
- Andrea Gauthier, Research Fellow
- Makeda Gerressu, Research Fellow
- Kate Gilchrist, Lecturer in Digital Media: Critical Studies
- Sara Hawley, Lecturer in Digital Media
- Wayne Holmes, Lecturer in Educational Technology
- Celia Hoyles, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology
- Eileen Kennedy, Principal Research Fellow
- Kata Kyrola, Lecturer in Media Studies
- Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
- Kit Logan, Learning Technology Fellow
- Rose Luckin, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
- Manolis Mavrikis, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics in Education
- Tim Neumann, Learning Technology Fellow
- Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Ceja Omar Salgado, Lecturer (Teaching) Media Production
- Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in Education
- Sara Price, Professor of Digital Learning
- Jennifer Rode, Associate Professor of Education and Technology
- David Ruttenberg, Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
- John Twycross, Lecturer in 3D Animation
- Asimina Vasalou, Professor of Learning with Digital Technology
- Karen Wilkes, Lecturer in Critical Media Studies
- Brigitta Zics, Associate Professor of Digital Media
- Francisco Durán del Fierro, Research Fellow
- Jelena Viskovic, Lecturer in Games Design
- Christopher Rhodes, Lecturer in Digital Media Production
- William Sykes, Lecturer in Games Programming
- Luciano Piazza, Lecturer in Documentary Film
- Michael Hrebeniak, Lecturer in Documentary Film
Postgraduate Teaching Assistants
- Stephen Elms
- David Ruttenberg
- Francisco Durán del Fierro
- Meng Liang
- Shiyi Jiang
- Danielle Kleinerman
- Larasati Zwarteveen
- Alice Riddell
- Omar Abdelqader
- Senzo Mthembu
- Wannapon Suraworachet
- Dinara Sultan
- Qi Zhou
- Linjie Su
Administrative and technical staff
- Robin Billingham, Studio Technician
- Yasmeen Conraad, Programme Administrator
- Abel Drew, Studio Technician
- Matt Taylor, Programme Administrator
- Monique Wan, Programme Administrator
- Holly Nyx, UCL Knowledge Lab Administrator
- Tamas Czuper, Technician – Sound Production
- Johan Redderson, Games/Interactive Experiences
- Sustika Limbu, BA Media Technician: Equipment and Resource Management
- Ben Bachmair
- Kate Cowan, Honorary Senior Research Fellow
- Cary Bazalgette
- Stuart Edwards
- Rym El Moussaoui
- Alice Hansen
- Jade Henry
- Ivan Kalas
- Sokratis Karkalas
- Lord Jim Knight
- Simon Knight
- Ernesto Laval
- Didem Ozkul
- Vanessa Pittard
- Robin Samuelsson
- Nikoleta Yiannoutsou
- Canan Blake, Honorary Research Associate
- Kerstin Leder Mackley, Honourary Research Associate
- Jos Boys, Honorary Professor
Research and activities
Find out more about current and past research from the UCL Knowledge Lab.
More about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes:
- Join our events
The seminars are free to attend and are open to staff, students, alumni and the public. For booking instruction for non-UCL attendees, please view the individual event pages.
The Richard Noss Lecture is our yearly public lecture. You can view past versions of this event here.
We also host occasional Visiting Lecturers, guest academics, and collaborators with the Lab.
Follow the UCL Knowledge Lab Twitter for updates.
- Consultancy services
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 groups.
Our services range from one-day training or staff development initiatives to longer-term research and evaluation work. Examples include:
- 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)
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.
- Digital Media: Critical Studies MA
- Digital Media: Education MA
- Digital Media: Production 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: digital learning technologies; technology enhanced communication and collaboration; digital making, media and play; discourse, technology and the body; digital ethics, inclusion and diversity.