City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment


CFRC matrix_updatedThe emergence of very clear centripetal forces, drawing new economic activity and denser housing into urban centres through urban renewal, is a defining characteristic of the 21st Century city, both in Australia and elsewhere. The densification of our major cities is the major challenge facing contemporary urban policy makers. This process is leading to significant changes in terms of access to opportunities, wellbeing and the creation of wealth.  At the same time, these and other mounting pressures challenge the established approaches to managing and organising our cities.  City Futures will focus on the major contemporary redefinition of the city, the forces that are driving these changes, the policies to manage it and the outcome it is generating.

While maintaining our commitment to independent applied public interest research, a critical component of the philosophy of the Centre, we will develop the new research City Agendas with partners who are aligned to our core focus and principles in order to bring to bear a much greater range of ideas and capacity to these complex and intertwined problems of urban change and growth.

City Futures focuses on four broad cross-cutting city themes - City Equity, City Productivity, City Renewal and City Governance - all key issues facing the future development of our cities.  These themes are central to a better understanding of the contemporary city and serve as the foci for the Centre's research.

In order to deliver our research, the research team is organised into four main programmatic areas, each headed by a senior team leader: City Analytics, City Shaping, City Housing and City Wellbeing .

Our commitment to generating the next generation of city researchers is underpinned by our PhD , MPhil , Masters and Honours thesis students.  In addition, City Futures contributes to teaching future city professionals through our input to the Faculty’s suite of high level Masters programs which are informed by the research expertise of our staff.

City Analytics
Millers Point
City Housing
City Shaping
City Wellbeing
Research Themes
Projects Since 2004
Postgraduate Opportunities