Research groups

Governance, Activism, Space and Place

As a research group, we are interested in how people experience, understand, shape and plan places and spaces in cities and other urban areas. We study who and what drives urban change, who is impacted by urban change, and the extent to which different voices can be heard within existing systems. To achieve this we especially look at the relative balance between global actors, central and local governments, communities and the private sector in shaping the future of urban areas.

City, Housing and Economic Systems

This multidisciplinary research group brings together researchers exploring topics clustered around five urban economic themes:

  • Housing Systems, Markets and Finance
  • Retail and Commercial Real Estate
  • Economics of Urban Social Problems
  • Urban Transport
  • Urban Big Data

Our goal is ultimately to understand the workings of urban economic systems, and provide end user and policy relevant research that explores the dynamic changes occurring within the different sectors of the property market, and the inter-dependencies between land use, transport infrastructure and the wider urban economy.

Neighbourhoods, Welfare and Wellbeing

This research group focuses on social and spatial inequalities and how these shape residential contexts as well as individual and collective outcomes. The group brings together researchers whose primary interest is in the character, dynamics and effects of urban neighbourhoods with those whose research centres on the nature, processes and outcomes of changing aspects of welfare state provision. The group provides a stimulating forum for the development of research themes which integrate scholarship across urban and social policy, demand cutting edge qualitiative and quantitative methodological approaches and capitalise on emerging forms of administrative and ‘big’ data.