Our Cities research group strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach. The group utilises a range of inventive visual and design-based methodologies at the intersection between the arts, humanities and social sciences, to tackle the most pressing social, economic and environmental issues that cities are facing today. These in turn relate to urban transformation, community cohesion, grass-roots activism and the interpretation of urbanity.
Cities actively fosters a co-productive approach to urban research, working in partnership with a diverse range of non-academic, community-based and civic institutions, in London and internationally. Alongside academic partners including Glasgow University, the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast, The Berlage (TU Delft), Sheffield University, Université Libre de Bruxelles and The Bartlett School of Planning (UCL), the research group has also collaborated with a range of organisations in London and the UK, such as the GLA, Just Space, Federation of Small Businesses, Make UK, We Made That and Architecture 00, as well as community groups and local authorities (eg LB Southwark, Vital OKR, Southwark Planning Network). Other partnerships include local authorities, civil society organisations, and research centres and networks in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy), Latin America (Brazil, Ecuador) and Africa (Sierra Leone, South Africa). Our ties with Brussels are particularly strong, collaborating with Departement Omgeving Vlaamse, Citydev, Bouwmeester Maitre Architecte, Architectuur Platform and Architecture Workroom Brussels.
The Cities Research group is closely aligned with the Architecture, Cities and Urbanism MA course. It also has the potential to supervise PhD research, both using the traditional route of authoring a long dissertation, but also by practice. If you're interested in researching with us and would like to discuss the possibilities, please contact Dr Jane Clossick.
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