Our research is split into five key themes:
This theme explores how financial solutions can make our cities more sustainable. We use micro- and macro-economic data. We also look at how city economies work.
We focus on social equity and inclusive growth as factors in economic development. We are also interested in the links between entrepreneurs, employment and wellbeing.
We want to add to research on new methods to develop economies. For example, urban greening and smart city construction.
Multi-objective location routing problem with simultaneous pickup and delivery for urban distribution
Rural-urban disparities in missed opportunities for vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-decomposition analyses
Re-scaling IPE: local government, sustainable energy and change
Thematic lead: Dr Marta Guerriero
This theme explores how to improve the situation of the urban poor. We look at how to do this without harming the environment and nearby ecology.
Our theme asks a number of questions:
- Can we combat climate change by making changes to our economy, built environment and infrastructure?
- How can we encourage people to take on a more sustainable lifestyle?
An important challenge is how to help the urban poor without increasing the city's carbon footprint. We also focus on issues such as air quality, food and waste.
Warwick has a wide range of expertise which will help with this theme, including:
- Energy production and storage
- Flood protection
- Environmental pollution
- Legal and regulatory framework
Rural-urban disparities in missed opportunities for vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa: a multi-country decomposition analyses
Pride in my past: Influencing sustainable choices through behavioural recall
The inner city crisis and the end of urban modernism in 1970s Britain
Thematic lead: Dr Soroush Abolfathi
This theme explores the human side of the city.
- How our cities can provide education and work to support their economy
- How consumers of goods and services behave in a city
- How policies affect cities
- How different cultures mix and change in a city
- How we can make public spaces more habitable and sustainable
- We also focus on the relationship between art and the city space.
Our theme is supporting Coventry City of Culture 2021 and Coventry's ten-year cultural strategy.
Creating welcoming spaces in the city: exploring the theory and practice of 'hospitality' in two regional theatres
Urban cultural intermediaries: Reflections on pedagogy and creativity in the urban economy
Feeling at home in lonely cities: an emotional history of the West German urban commune movement during the long 1970s
Thematic lead: Professor Jonothan Neelands
This theme explores how we plan for, detect and respond to:
- Natural disasters
- Disease outbreaks
- Cyber attacks
- Infrastructure disruption
- Terrorist threat
- Social unrest
We aim to understand the risks so we can become more resilient with better security.
We have expertise in areas such as:
- Social and health informatics
- Urban governance
- Structural engineering
We have a strong focus on humanitarian engineering. We also encourage research that supports Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries.
This theme is supported by a range of UK Research Council and EU grants.
Critical infrastructure lifelines and the politics of anthropocentric resilience
Sustainable flood memory: remembering as resilience
Thematic lead: Dr Jonathan Clarke
What can data collected through sensors and mobile devices tell us about our urban environment?
We have expertise in:
- Big data collection and analytics
- Mobile sensing
- Wireless communications
- Sentiment analysis
- The internet of things
If we understand these issues, we can develop a truly 'smart city'.
We work with the following organisations:
- Center of Urban Science and Progress, New York
- Centre for Urban Science and Progress, London
- Alan Turing Institute
Street-Frontage-Net: urban image classification using deep convolutional neural networks
Multi-objective location-routing problem with simultaneous pickup and delivery for urban distribution
A novel internet of things enabled accident detection and reporting system for smart city environments
Thematic lead: Dr Nerea Calvillo