As the Centre passes its tenth anniversary in 2015 we are extending our existing strengths in urban renewal, healthy built environments and spatial equity into the related realms of urban productivity and governance. This offers a significant opportunity to develop new skills and perspectives with practical and policy relevance, as well as scholarly engagement.
These four key themes build on existing capacity of the Centre’s staff but allow us to refocus our efforts to address the current challenges of living in and planning for our cities’ futures. Our in-depth knowledge of the Sydney region provides a valuable ‘theatre’ against which these issues can be tested and assessed through our research, although our broader interests encompass both the Australian city in general and the wider global urban agenda.
In the ‘Urban Age’, the study of our cities and their people, policies and processes is all the more relevant and necessary. In particular, the densification of our urban areas provides a rich policy relevant frame within which to undertake cutting edge research. Generating new knowledge through the application of new data gathering and analysis methods opens up new avenues for research hitherto unavailable to both researchers and policy makers.
The aim of City Futures is to offer a major contribution to a better understanding of the development of our cities that will support better decision making and outcomes for their citizens.