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||Golubchikov|
|Comparative Study on European Public Space Design Programs with Social Cohesion in mind||Cardiff University, £2,500||Aelbrecht, Gale, Bridge|
|Prosperous cities at the top of the urban hierarchy||Cardiff University, £2,000||DeVerteuil|
Senior Lecturer of Social Geography
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Reader in Human Geography
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The City of the Future: Productive, Inclusive and Resource-Efficient?
This half-day seminar brought together leading academics and external stakeholders to examine 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 and how they might make the city of the future more productive, resource efficient and inclusive.
Presentations from leading academics looked at definitions of smart cities and the practical, ethical and political issues around applying digital technology.
- Duncan Wilson, Professor of Connected Environments, at UCL CASA drew on applied projects he had done and showed how understanding of how and why to apply digital technology in the urban environment had matured.
- Chris Rogers, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Birmingham defined the smart city as a sustainable city, explained value-capture in that context and presented decision-making frameworks for urban interventions.
- Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, examined crowd-sourcing as a tool for understanding cities and interacting with them.
- Presentations from Wendy Tipper, Associate Director Transformation, Arup and Isabelle Bignall, Chief Digital Officer, Cardiff Council set out how business and city administrations were using ‘smart’ solutions to urban problems and how their sectors could collaborate more effectively with academia.
- A panel discussion, including the presenters and Professor Peter Madden of Cardiff University, looked at barriers to collaboration between business, government and academia and how to resolve them, and explored some of the ethical, social and political debates around smart cities and pervasive digital technology.
- Rob Huggins, Professor of Economic Geography at Cardiff University concluded by explaining how the presentations and discussions would inform the priorities of the University’s Cities Research Centre.
Their presentations can be found in related downloads.
Planning for the Just City
Professor Susan S. Fainstein is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University. She presented an event based on her new book ‘The Just City’. Neoliberalism approaches to urban development have prioritized economic growth rather than justice. Increased inequality and diminished access to amenities and welfare for the already disadvantaged have resulted.
The use of justice as a governing principle - defined by the criteria of equity, diversity, and democracy - would require that policies be evaluated in terms of their outcomes rather than simply the quality of the planning process. Arguments for giving priority to justice in planning are presented, and policy examples from New York, Amsterdam, and Singapore are used to illustrate different planning approaches and their consequences for more just cities.