Symposium on Practice Research in Social Design: Definitions, Contexts, Futures 19 May 2022

Pratap Rughani was one of the speakers on Day 1 of the Symposium, held in person at Chelsea College of the Arts, UAL and online.

Opening Panel: Setting the Scene 

This session sets the scene by situating practice research in design in a broader context. It shares perspectives from academic fields and professional practice that use practice research to advance knowledge and develop responses to social and sustainability issues. What are the achievements and what has been learned from using this approach? What are the barriers and enablers to carrying out high quality practice research? What outcomes can practice researchers work towards?

Chair: Professor Lucy Kimbell, Social Design Institute, UAL


Professor Harriet Hawkins, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway

Indy Johar, Dark Matter Labs

Professor Pratap Rughani, London College of Communication, UAL

“Ethics for Making” is the BAFTTS 2022 Winner for Emerging Media

What the judges had to say:
“An invaluable and detailed set of interactive resources on the ethics of filmmaking.”

Lotus Films is delighted to announce that Ethics for Making, the free digital ethics resource in creative practice developed in conjunction with London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, won The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), Screen Based Practice Research Emerging Media Award 2022.

The project was led by Pratap Rughani, Professor of Documentary Practices, Associate Dean of Research London College of Communication, UAL, director of Lotus Films UK, and developed by Iris Wakulenko Digital and Project Manager in conjunction with the LCC post-graduate team Gareth Johnson, Digital Producer and Designer, and Virginie Tan, Interactive Designer, and was illustrated by Grace Dahl, graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.

Further reading:

London College of Communication launches ‘Ethics for Making’ in partnership with Lotus Films

Access and Widening Participation in the Creative and Performing Arts @NERUPI 20 Feb 2022

Pratap Rughani was one of the panel at the event for members of NERUPI, a partnership of over 70 higher education organisations working together to create a new approach to evaluation using the framework developed by Annette Hayton, University of Bath and Dr Andrew Bengry, Bath Spa University.

The importance of the arts, in all their forms, has become very clear during the pandemic. Whether it is through watching movies, taking up painting or a musical instrument or just missing live performance, the benefits of the arts to our well-being have been highlighted. Education plays a major role in fostering the arts but can also exclude many groups from participating and engaging. This event will explore these issues and consider how we can improve access and engagement with the creative and performing arts.

To explore these issues and more our panel of speakers are:

  • Professor Richard Noble, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Dr Michelle Phillips, Royal Northern College of Music
  • Dermot Daly, Leeds Conservatoire
  • Professor Pratap Rughani, University of the Arts London

Design for Dialogue: publication of position paper, UAL Social Design Institute 2020

“The tools for dialogue are in our pockets as never before, yet the social media we speak through has been capitalised and weaponised to such an extent that, for too many, social media speaks for us and speaks badly. Some marginalised communities embrace a new power to film and fight unacceptable realities, energising the same platforms. Yet, the rise of hate speech, social media’s treacherous shadow, threatens to hollow out democracy, tweet by Trumpian tweet. Until social media platforms reform, we are free to step back from being triggered and respond by de-escalating rather than polarisation”

Pratāp Rughani – “Design for Dialogue: Valuing Doubt in an Age of Conviction” UAL Social Design Institute publication

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UAL Social Design Institute practitioner 21 April 2021

The UAL Social Design Institute champions social and sustainable design at University of the Arts London (UAL) – helping to improve communitiessociety and the environment.

Their aim is to amplify, connect, support and promote the ground-breaking design, research and knowledge exchange carried out by UAL students, staff, Colleges, award-winning research centres and hubs.

Each month they  highlight one of the practitioners and their key idea for social design in 2021: Pratap Rughani Professor of Documentary Practices writes on the nature of dialogue.

The Social Design Institute’s Publications include an open series of position papers, sharing diverse research perspectives from UAL practitioners on social and sustainable design, and working papers offering new research insights.