City Futures Research Centre Arts, Design and Architecture

About Us

Based in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW, the City Futures Research Centre has developed into a national leader in scholarly applied public interest research on our cities since 2005. In undertaking this research, we collaborate with a range of academic researchers, both within UNSW and at universities across Australia and overseas. Our applied focus also involves strong partnerships with local, state and federal government agencies, as well as industry stakeholders and community groups, to develop evidence-based ideas for tackling the complex challenges of urban change and growth, while maintaining its commitment to independent public interest research, a critical component of the Centre’s philosophy.

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Mission Statement

Our work advances the understanding of cities focusing on people, places, policies and technologies. We research the major urban challenges of city equity, housing, productivity, sustainability, resilience, governance and renewal.  We do this in partnership with governments, industry, not for profit organisations and communities.

Since its establishment in 2005, City Futures has provided a training ground for the next generation of urban thinkers, city shapers, and urban scientists. We provide ethical, evidence-based inputs to contemporary urban policy debates and the planning of 21st Century cities. With a vision to create a better and more sustainable future, the Centre is committed to the United Nation’s New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. 

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