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.
- Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. 2017. The complex regeneration of post-war modernism: London's Southbank Centre's masterplan. Urban Design International 22 (4), pp.331-348. (10.1057/s41289-016-0039-z)
- Deverteuil, G. , Yun, O. and Choi, C. 2017. Between the cosmopolitan and the parochial: the immigrant gentrifier in Koreatown, Los Angeles.. Social & Cultural Geography (10.1080/14649365.2017.1347955)
- Golubchikov, O. 2017. Robert Argenbright 2016: Moscow under Construction. City Building, Place-Based Protest, and Civil Society . Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 41 (4), pp.701-703. (10.1111/1468-2427.12539)
- Deverteuil, G. 2017. Overseas investment into London: imprint, impact and pied-a-terre urbanism. Environment and Planning A 49 (6), pp.1308-1323.
- Golubchikov, O. 2017. From a sports mega-event to a regional mega-project: The Sochi Winter Olympics and the return of geography in state development priorities. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
- Deverteuil, G. 2017. Post-welfare city at the margins? Immigrant precarity and the mediating third sector in London. Urban Geography 38 (10), pp.1517-1533. (10.1080/02723638.2017.1286840)
- Jordan, L. et al., 2017. On the edge: changing geographies of the global city precariat in London and Hong Kong. Urban Geography 38 (10), pp.1459-1478. (10.1080/02723638.2016.1258205)
- Barnett, C. and Bridge, G. 2016. The situations of urban enquiry: thinking problematically about the city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40 (6), pp.1186-1204. (10.1111/1468-2427.12452)
- Boterman, W. and Bridge, G. 2015. Gender, class and space in the field of parenthood comparing middle-class fractions in Amsterdam and London. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 40 , pp.249-261. (10.1111/tran.12073)
|The Nexus of Smart Cities and Energy: A Scoping Survey of Urban Strategies||School of Geography and Planning, £2,000||Oleg Golubchikov|
|Comparative Study on European Public Space Design Programs with Social Cohesion in mind||Cardiff University, £2,500||Patricia Aelbrecht, Richard Gale, Gary Bridge|
|Prosperous cities at the top of the urban hierarchy||Cardiff University, £2,000||Geoff DeVerteuil|
|Urban Riots: A comparative study of Stockholm and London||FORMAS, 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 UK||ESRC-AHRC, £49,504||Brian 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 UK||NA - This research has been undertaken in collaboration with various city governments in the UK.||Crispian Fuller|
|Urban refugee economies, Ethiopia||International Institute for Environmental and Development, £28,549||Pete Mackie, Alison Brown, Kate Dickenson|
|Post-conflict urban livelihoods||DFID-ESRC Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, Project ES/M008789/1 (2015-2018), £500,444||Pete Mackie, Alison Brown, Kate Dickenson|
|Deepening habitat III debates on the urban informal economy||Economic & Social Research Council, Un-Habitat, WIEGO, £25,000||Alison Brown|
Professor of Economic Geography
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Professor of Practice in City Futures
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Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
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Professor of Human Geography
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Professor of Urban Planning & International Development
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Senior Lecturer of Social Geography
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Uwch Ddarlithydd mewn Daearyddiaeth Ddynol
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Lecturer in Spatial Planning
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Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
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Lecturer in Human Geography
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Lecturer in Urban Design
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Lecturer in Environmental Geography
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Reader in Spatial Analysis and GIS
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Lecturer in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis
Lecturer in Spatial Planning
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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.