ethics lab

Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Georgetown University

How do we design a more ethical future?

At Ethics Lab, we believe in design as a strategy for real-world change.

Our team-based approach unites the creativity of designers, the wisdom of ethicists, the expertise of real-world partners, and the creative idealism of Georgetown students to tackle some of the messiest moral issues of our time.

Through direct-impact projects and high-impact education, we work to imagine and create a better world.

Direct-impact projects

Direct-impact projects bring together ethical experts, empowered stakeholders, and designers from our lab to  create new options around morally-complex sticking points.

This team-based approach unites deep theory, creative methodology, and on-the-ground experience, facing down issues from food ethics to global maternal health to the ethics of big data.


High-impact education

Ethics Lab is a hub for studio learning at Georgetown.

Led by design faculty and based on classical design education, classes in studio are organized around collaborative teams, public critiques, and intensive, project-oriented research.

Ethics Lab delivers flagship ethics courses, partners with other faculty to infuse ethics into their studio courses, sponsors courses that design for the common good, and incubates student projects with dedicated ethics mentorship.


Our People

Our Georgetown-based team of ethicists, designers, and scholars-in-residence includes experts from a variety of disciplines and walks of life.

Our core lab team is housed at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, one of the world’s oldest academic ethics centers. Ethics Lab is located right in the heart of campus, on the second floor of Georgetown’s Healy Hall.


Our Method

Ethics Lab started as a glimmer in KIE director Maggie Little’s eye. With the help of allies and supporters at Georgetown and beyond, it has grown to become one of the most dynamic initiatives on campus.

Now a key player in a university-wide focus on bringing design to ethics and education, the Lab and its team are positioned for continued evolution and growth.


Get Involved

Like what we’re doing?

Get involved.

Take a class in studio. Serve as a juror on student projects. Partner with us on an ethical concern that’s troubling your community. Drop by the lab during open hours to meet the team. Come to one of our informal design seminars. Apply to be a lab fellow.