Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Social Design Institute


Academic Development and Services
UAL - King's Cross, London UK
Part time
Fixed Term
6 months

4 March 2019 23:55

15 March 2019
38,010 - 45,603 pro rata

Want to help shape the next generation of research in social design and design for sustainability? Are you strong in articulating themes from across diverse projects, while maintaining a critical eye on the underlying theories and methods? UAL is setting up a new Social Design Institute buiding on its research and knowledge exchange in social design and design for sustainability. As part of this we are looking for a post-doc research fellow, working half time for up to six months initially. This would suit someone who has finished or is close to finishing their PhD in the social sciences, design or humanities, with some familiarity with social design and design for sustainability. Internal candidates are warmly encouraged to apply. Working closely with the director, Professor Lucy Kimbell, this role will require working collaboratively with staff and PhD students across UAL in order to shape the university’s narrative and position. Key tasks will be mapping across the diverse activity in the university and developing funding bids.

For further information or a discussion about the role contact Lucy Kimbell (

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design higher education institution. It consists of six renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts. UAL is a major centre of research in art and design: in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), 83% of UAL’s outputs and 100% of its impact were judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.


PhD (or very close to completion) in design research, digital design, service design, sustainable design, participatory social research, sociology, cultural anthropology or similar.

Good working knowledge of applied service design, digital design, design thinking, participatory design and prototyping in public sector, business and social innovation contexts

Familiar with the challenges of participating in collaborative research with stakeholders including in government, the public sector, third sector, social enterprise or business

At UAL, everyone's identity matters. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff, and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity, and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.