About our research themes

We have an ambitious interdisciplinary research agenda which is driven by the need to examine how knowledge about the world is turned into actions designed to make it a better place.


Our research is characterised by critical engagement at the interface between theory and practice.

We work extensively with non-academic organisations and with a range of international partners and funders.

We seek to address the major challenges facing society today; to inform and engage in key debates; and shape and influence policy and practice.

We also place an emphasis on methodological innovation, with particular strengths in methods of co-production and GIS analysis and data visualisation.

We play an active role in a range of research centres and institutes.

Research themes and topics

Planning, people and place: examining ideas and practices at the heart of ‘planning’ and the impacts on people and places.

Urban inequalities and social justice: understanding the nature of urban change across the globe and the impact on urban dwellers lives.

Housing and real estate: analysing the structure and behaviour of housing and property markets and their impact on the wider economy.

Environment, infrastructure and sustainability: reframing our understanding of urban growth and environmental governance.

Study with us

Join an international community of geographers, planners, and environmental scientists to help tackle the biggest issues in our changing world.

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.