UCL Urban Laboratory



We work with a wide range of organisations within and beyond the academy, from academic and creative partners, to public and private sector institutions

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 CitiesLoughborough University
Birkbeck, University of LondonThe Open University
Brunel University West LondonParis Institute for Advanced Study
Central St Martins College of Art and DesignPontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Chelsea College of ArtsRoyal Holloway, University of London
The Chinese University of Hong KongUniversità della Calabria
CITYUniversity of Gothenburg
City University, School of Social SciencesUniversity of Leeds
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, SwitzerlandUniversity of Nicosia
Goldsmiths, University of LondonUniversity of Plymouth
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental StudiesUniversity of Tasmania
King's College LondonUniversity of the Witwatersrand
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, StockholmUrbanGrad, TU Darmstadt
London School of EconomicsTechnische Universität Berlin

Beyond the academy

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

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Arcola TheatreMuseum of Islamic Art
Arup Phase 2 GalleryMuseum of London
Arup AssociatesOmnibus Clapham
Bertha DocHouseOpen City Documentary Festival
The British Film InstituteOptimistic Productions
Camden Arts CentreParaa
The Cinema Museum


Peckham Festival

Department for Housing, Communities & Local GovernmentPolish Cultural Institute
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & SportRoyal Institute of British Architects
Embassy of Brazil in LondonRoyal Norwegian Embassy
Folkestone TriennialReaktion Books
Fringe!Regional Development Agencies
Gay's The WordResonance FM
Hackney PicturehouseRoxy Bar and Screen
Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency)The Royal Academy of Arts

Hoxton Hall


SPARC, Mumbai

I.B. Tauris


St John on Bethnal Green
Italian Cultural Institute in LondonTerry Farrell and Partners
Just SpaceUN Development Programme
Liverpool BiennialVAK, Mumbai
LIVINGMAPSWestminster Hub
London Borough of HackneyThe White Building
London Design FestivalWhitechapel Gallery
London Short Film FestivalWhirled Cinema