The Karachi Urban Lab's (KUL) mission is to nurture and develop ideas on urban issues and enable explorations and connections between research, teaching, public policy dialogue, and advocacy. The KUL provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative platform of research; opportunities for networking across social sciences, physical sciences, and medical sciences, as well as across geographies locally and globally; holding events and generating diverse forms of data/knowledge around the urgent urban issues and associated politics of our times.

The KUL's key research focus is on infrastructures (water, housing, land, health), climate change impacts, and urban violence. The KUL's mission is supported by a group of accomplished academics and practitioners who represent multidisciplinary backgrounds. The KUL is housed in the Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts (SSLA) at IBA, and its work and research output are supported by grants.