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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.

Across the department 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.

City environment

Environment, infrastructure and sustainability 

Reframing our understanding of urban growth and environmental governance

Housing theme

Housing and real estate 

Analysing the structure and behaviour of housing and property markets and their impact on the wider economy

People city

Planning, people and place 

Examining ideas and practices at the heart of ‘planning’ and the impacts on people and places

Vacant city

Urban inequalities and social justice 

Understanding the nature of urban change across the globe and the impact on urban dwellers lives