UNIDCOM/IADE is an open design-led research center at IADE – Universidade Europeia, one of the top design schools in Portugal. We conduct interdisciplinary design research crossing diverse fields of knowledge, such as Technology; Arts; Marketing & Communication. Our team of researchers, which is characterized by a great diversity of backgrounds and interests, work together with stakeholders across multiple sectors and industries, openly and collaboratively, to address current and future challenges, at local, regional, national and international scales, contributing to human's dignity and flourishment.

We offer research opportunities to Undergraduate, Master and PhD students, as well as to post-doctorate candidates and researchers looking for internships.

Latest updates

Design Research and Innovation week. Lisbon 2024

From April 15th to 18th


12th International Conference - Senses & Sensibility´23 Design and complexity

November 28th to 30th and December 1st. Malaga (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal)


Apresentação do livro "Arquipélagos criativos arte, design e artesanato nas ilhas atlânticas lusófonas" 18 Novembro, 19h00. No Hangar, Lisboa. 


Featured initiatives

Design Research Podcast

Design Research and Innovation Week

IADE Press

Design Research Accelarator


Play and Gender Expression
Play and Gender Expression

UNIDCOM 2013-17 at a Glance

total funds
Publications in international peer reviewed journals (52 international)
Publication of books/chapters (70 international)
Conference presentations (213 International, with publication in proceedings with peer review)
Events organized (43 scientific events; 22 workshops; 17 exhibitions)