Cities Research Centre

The Cities Research Centre research brings together scholars across all School of Geography and Planning research groups and other departments at Cardiff University concerned with the changing nature of cities as environmental, economic and socio-cultural systems.

We develop the School’s ‘cities’ research in a number of cross-cutting themes and specific urban challenges.

These themes include:

  • social and spatial justice
  • alternative urbanisms (alternative social and economic practices in the city)
  • urban metabolism and environmental change
  • pluralism and urban life
  • comparative urbanism
  • advancing urban theory and urban ‘thought’

Specific urban challenges include:

  • initiatives on social/material infrastructure change and the South Wales Metro
  • the post-welfare city
  • urban ecosystem management and climate change
  • smart cities, energy and sustainability
  • informality and fragile cities
  • designing public space for social inclusion

Our work contributes to the understanding of the changing nature of cities across the realms of academic research, policy, and practice.

Selected publications

Project nameFundedInvestigator(s)
The Nexus of Smart Cities and Energy: A Scoping Survey of Urban StrategiesSchool of Geography and Planning, £2,000Oleg Golubchikov
Comparative Study on European Public Space Design Programs with Social Cohesion in mindCardiff University, £2,500Patricia Aelbrecht, Richard Gale, Gary Bridge
Prosperous cities at the top of the urban hierarchyCardiff University, £2,000 Geoff DeVerteuil
Urban Riots: A comparative study of Stockholm and LondonFORMAS, the Swedish Research Council, 3 million Swedish Kronor (approx. £253,000)Anthony Ince, Ilda Lindell (Stockholm University – Principal Investigator), Thomas Borén (Stockholm University).
Challenges and Solutions for Ageing High-Rise Neighbourhoods in Japan and the UKESRC-AHRC, £49,504Brian Webb, Maxwell Hartt, James White (University of Glasgow), Michael Short (University College London), Yoshimichi Yui (Hiroshima University), Taro Hirai (Hirosaki National University), Akihiko Osawa (Takasaki City University of Economics), Sayaka Fujii (University of Tsukuba).
European Public Space Design Programs with Social Cohesion and Intercultural dialogue in mind£15,000, this includes CUROP 2017 and 2018, Cities Research Centre Seed Funding 2017 and RMIT Exchange Grant 2018.Patricia Aelbrecht, Gary Bridge, Richard Gale, Quentin Stevens (RMIT, Australia/Barcelona), Tom Nielsen (Aarhus School Denmark)
The impact of austerity on city governments in the UKNA - This research has been undertaken in collaboration with various city governments in the UK.Crispian Fuller
Urban refugee economies, EthiopiaInternational Institute for Environmental and Development, £28,549Pete Mackie, Alison Brown, Kate Dickenson
Post-conflict urban livelihoodsDFID-ESRC Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, Project ES/M008789/1 (2015-2018), £500,444Pete Mackie, Alison Brown, Kate Dickenson
Deepening habitat III debates on the urban informal economyEconomic & Social Research Council, Un-Habitat, WIEGO, £25,000Alison Brown

Academic staff

Professor Robert Huggins

Yr Athro Robert Huggins

Professor of Economic Geography

Email:
hugginsr@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6006
Peter Madden

Yr Athro Peter Madden

Professor of Practice in City Futures

Email:
maddenp1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2251 0949
Dr Crispian Fuller

Dr Crispian Fuller

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
fullerc2@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4705
Gary Bridge Profile

Yr Athro Gary Bridge

Professor of Human Geography

Email:
bridgeg@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8681

Yr Athro Alison Brown

Professor of Urban Planning & International Development

Email:
brownam@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6519
Dr Geoff DeVerteuil

Dr Geoff DeVerteuil

Senior Lecturer of Social Geography

Email:
deverteuilg@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6089

Dr Günter Gassner

Lecturer

Email:
gassnerg@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 4640
Dr Oleg Golubchikov

Dr Oleg Golubchikov

Uwch Ddarlithydd mewn Daearyddiaeth Ddynol

Email:
golubchikovo@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9310
Yi Gong

Dr Yi Gong

Research Fellow

Email:
gongy2@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 0955

Dr Maxwell Hartt

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

Email:
harttm1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5281
Kersty Hobson

Dr Kersty Hobson

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
hobsonk@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8682
Dr Anthony Ince

Dr Anthony Ince

Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
incea@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6014
Aptricia Aelbrecht

Dr Patricia Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht

Lecturer in Urban Design

Email:
aelbrechtp@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5735
Brian Mcgilvrey

Dr Brian MacGillivray

Research Fellow

Email:
macgillivraybh@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 6132
Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Senior Lecturer

Email:
mackiep@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6223

Dr Kirstie O'Neill

Lecturer in Environmental Geography

Email:
oneillk1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6271
Dr Scott Orford

Dr Scott Orford

Reader in Spatial Analysis and GIS

Email:
orfords@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5272
Dimitris Potoglou

Dr Dimitris Potoglou

Lecturer in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis

Email:
potogloud@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)2920876088

Dr Brian Webb

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

Email:
webbb1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74709
Andrew Williams

Dr Andrew Williams

Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
williamsapj@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
 +44 (0)29 2068 8680

Visit the School of Geography and Planning Events page if you're interested in related topics.

The City of the Future: Productive, Inclusive, Resource-efficient?

Professor Chris Rogers, Birmingham University, Professor Duncan Wilson, UCL CASA,  Professor Elena Simperl, University of Southampton and Isabelle Bignall, CTO at Cardiff City Council will examined how the development of ‘smart cities’ and related tools such as big data, connected sensors and cognitive computing can help to understand and tackle urban challenges.

Their presentations can be found in related downloads.

Liveable Cities Debate

Sir Simon Jenkins and other speakers addressed the impact of bad planning and indiscriminate development on the nation’s quality of life.

Governing Urban Futures: Smart Cities and postcolonial urbanism in India

In this seminar, Dr Ayona Datta, Reader in Urban Futures, King's College London, delivered a postcolonial reading of India’s historiographies of ‘good governance’ and its projection into smart urban futures.

Planning for the Just City

Professor Susan S. Fainstein, a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University, presented an event based on her new book ‘The Just City’.

Saving our Cities: a progressive plan to transform urban America

Professor William Goldsmith discussed his new book, Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America, arguing that the time is right for U.S. cities and city planners to push for more enlightened state and federal action.

Cities: Ensuring Prosperity, Equality and Well-Being

Adam Price (Welsh Assembly Member) and Andrew Carter (Centre for Cities) discussed how cities around the world are increasingly facing multi-dimensional and multi-scale challenges as they seek to create prosperous, socially inclusive and liveable urban environments.