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SMARTlab is a research institute supporting Creative Technology Innovation for social change. Founded in the UK, it currently has its main base in partnership with the Inclusive Design Research Centre at UCD’s College of Engineering and Architecture. You can also find us at

SMARTlab.Academy   IDRC Ireland

The SMARTlab mission

SMARTlab promotes user-driven, transdisciplinary research, leveraging Creative Technology Innovations for social change.

For three decades, SMARTlab has run an award-winning practice-based PhD programme and delivered high-impact research, development and innovation programmes and projects. SMARTlab aims to bring together the brightest minds across disciplines and to provide them with the tools they need to contribute to solving real-world problems and building sustainable solutions.

We provide world-class research and incubation space and offer a brain trust for academic staff, practice-based PhD students, Postdoctoral Researchers, transdisciplinary teams spanning the Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, Connected Public Health and Business Innovation domains, alongside private and public sector partners.