UCL Urban Laboratory


Welcome to UCL Urban Laboratory

We are a world-leading cross-disciplinary centre promoting critical, creative and collaborative inquiry into urgent urban problems, based at University College London

Established in 2005, Urban Lab investigates, proposes and disseminates critical solutions to a wide range of social, physical and technological urban and built environment issues, with a focus on the grand challenges of our time.

We draw on a wide range of urban expertise and research methodologies, based on exchange and collaboration between researchers from across the institution, including The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, and UCL's faculties of Social and Historical Sciences, Engineering, and Arts and Humanities.

Urban Lab delivers the Global Urbanism MASc programme, a transdisciplinary postgraduate degree that cuts radically across arts, humanities, social sciences and technology studies. 

We actively promote participatory approaches to urban research, working in partnership with a range of different non-academic, business, and community-based organisations. 

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We programme events and networking opportunities throughout the year, on and off campus



We explore a range of subjects across disciplinary boundaries using experimental research methods

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We produce a range of accessible, open access publications, reports, pamphlets and digital media

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Who We Are

Find out about our lecturers, team and committee members from across UCL departments


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