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Addressing challenges posed by a rapidly urbanising world

For the first time in history more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, expected to rise to 70% by 2050. The GRP actively supports and promotes world-class multidisciplinary research that addresses challenges in developing sustainable cities. We seek to build collaborative research partnerships to seek solutions to complex problems related to cities.

Following the traditional pillars of sustainable development, the work of the GRP is divided into three interconnected themes linked to economic, socio-cultural and environmental concerns and two cross cutting issues that impact across the themes: urban knowledge and risk and resilience. This structure reflects the ongoing work at Warwick and international efforts to promote sustainable cities, notably the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 ; the UN Sustainable Development Goals ; the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ; and the UN Habitat III New Urban Agenda that aims to be a concise, action-oriented, forward-looking, and universal framework of actions for sustainable cities.


Economic Sustainability

How can financial solutions contribute to sustainability and wellbeing through the use of economic data, analysis of urban economic activity, and the application of economic criteria to urban development?


Environmental Sustainability

How can we restructure our economy, built environment and infrastructure to combat climate change? How can we transition to more sustainable lifestyles? How can we improve the situation of the urban poor?


Social & Cultural Sustainability

How important are placemaking, liveability and holistic approaches to the development of cities? How does the human side of the city provide the education and employment opportunities to drive the urban economy?


Risk and Resilience

Planning for, detecting and responding rapidly to natural disaster, disease outbreak, cyber-attack, infrastructure disruption, terrorist threat or social unrest is central to this theme.


Urban Data and Knowledge

How do we draw knowledge from data collected through the increasing range of sensors, mobile devices and other interconnected sources in the urban environment?