DESIS Lab ELISAVA works as the hub of the Municipality and Government of Catalonia, foundations, associations, universities, schools and museums, both at local and international level.

It operates in the framework of the Desis Network, participating in large scale research programs, clusters and projects addressed to effect social change at the urban scale.

The Desis Network consists of more than 30 design labs based in design universities around the world orienting their teaching and research activities towards social innovation and sustainability.