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DAC works with visionary businesses and organisations in the public and private sector to research and design objects, places and communications that prevent crime and promote the safety and well being of individuals and the wider community. Clients we have worked with include Transport for London, Brighton Council, LB Camden, Design Council, Hennessy, Audi, Tata and many more.

Collaboration with DAC delivers great business benefits that include:

  • Positive PR and strengthening of Corporate Social Responsibility and customer care strategies.
  • Innovation of products and solutions that create new markets, attract new customers, offer unique selling points and promote brand loyalty.
  • Insight into new research knowledge and access to specialists expertise as well as new networks and funding opportunities.

To discuss how we could work with you please contact our Business Manager, Chryssi Tzanetou at: c.tzanetou@arts.ac.uk

Here is an outline of the various ways we can work with your company:

1. Licensing of Innovations and Designs
2. Consultancy and Commissioned Research
3. Sponsored Student Projects
4. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
5. Collaborative Research


1. Licensing of Innovations and Designs:

DAC is continually developing new concepts and designs based on our research and our practical experience. These innovations are available for commercial licensing and distribution.

Examples of DAC products that are commercially available

Case Study: Broxap Ltd and DAC caMden Anti-theft Bike Stand

2. Consultancy and Commissioned Research:

Consultancy often involves commissioned research to investigate particular crime and security related issues – whether highly specific or broad in scope. This is typically followed by the development of design concepts and solutions to address the problem. We can also assess existing design proposals and masterplans from a security perspective and provide context-specific crime prevention advice.

DAC’s location within Central Saint Martins Innovation (CSM), University of the Arts London (UAL), combined with our own extensive network of external partners and collaborators, means we can draw upon a wide range of additional and specialist expertise, if required. Our processes and frameworks, together with our practical experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, means we can quickly get up to speed in generating, assessing and trialling proposals within new business sectors.

Case Study: Drug Related Crime in Retail Environments

3. Sponsored Student Projects:

You can tap into the creativity and ingenuity of DACRC with CSM/UAL students, from this internationally-renowned University, to generate a broad range of original ideas and alternative perspectives.

A project brief is developed in partnership with your company; this brief is also informed by relevant DAC research. We help you select the right course or combination of students (usually post-graduate) to conduct the project and involve you throughout the process from the student-briefing seminar to feedback sessions on work in progress and review of the final design proposals. The projects typically have 4 main outputs:

• research and visualisation of research findings
• concept proposal boards
• product/service proposals – including 2D visuals and 3D models, if appropriate
• project dissemination vehicle – web, print or exhibition/ event

Exhibition of student project work is great for stakeholder or community focus events and to create awareness and generate positive PR. Your company also has the opportunity to select from final concepts/ proposals and license them (if appropriate) for further development and implementation.

Case Study: Holborn Unlocked project with MA Industrial Design for TfL and LB Camden

4. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships:

KTP is an established Government scheme that offers access to funding and specific academic expertise to undertake a strategic project that will add tangible value to your business. Up to 60% of the project costs can be subsidised and a suitably qualified graduate is recruited to work for your business to deliver the specified project. The graduate is mentored throughout the project by relevant academics from DACRC and CSM/ UAL. The duration of KTP can vary, ranging from 6 months for more tactical projects, and up to 2 years for more strategic business projects.

Case Studies: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

5. Collaborative Research:

This option allows you to pioneer and develop a new research project in partnership with DACRC and other organisations and/or academic partners. This offers you the benefit of unique insight into new research findings and the chance to tap into our wider experience through collaborative working. Typically a bid is developed for submission to a research council or funding bodies e.g. AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) or ESRC (Economics Social Research Council) with partner organisations who often make an in-kind or cash contribution to the project funding subject to their level of involvement and share of project outcomes and benefits.

Alternatively your company can also get involved in an existing DAC research project as a KTP or ‘research augmentation partner’. Similar to the above this offers you the opportunity to act as a development partner and/or test-bed for new design solutions. Since the main costs of the research project are already covered by research grants, your company simply has to cover direct costs and expenses associated with trialling the product/ concept.

Case Study: Evaluation of caMden stands for Brighton Council