Dynamic habitats for growing global populations

What will cities look like in the year 2050, when the world’s urban population has doubled as forecast, to over 6.3 billion?

Right now, our discoveries are generating knowledge and developing tools to help the next generation of policymakers meet the challenges of future global urbanisation. Key areas of study include transportation; urban and regional planning; economic development; housing; ageing; migration and mobility; and urban regeneration and revitalisation.

Asia and Africa are the continents expected to experience the greatest urban growth. The political and economic landscapes of their countries can be as volatile and vulnerable as the physical environment. That’s why our research is interdisciplinary, cutting across social as well as geographical dimensions to understand all the drivers and inhibitors of sustainable urban development in this century of rapid climate change, diminishing natural resources, and technological advancement.