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Ongoing research projects

WatJust: Translocal learning for water justice

Translocal learning for water justice: Peri-urban pathways in India, Tanzania and Bolivia

Exploring the transformative potential of alternative water supply arrangements—small-scale, low-cost management practices, and new configurations of water governance—undertaken for and by the peri-urban poor in three urban regions: Kolkata (India), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Cochabamba (Bolivia). [visit site]

Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes

Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes

Achieving low carbon, socially just cities will require a spatial, socio-economic and political transformation. This transformation will depend on our ability to find low carbon development pathways for urban energy systems. Examining humanity's potential to do so is the chief preoccupation of this research project. [visit site]

Insurgent Regeneration Microsite

Insurgent Regeneration

This action-research programme consists of a series of initiatives aiming to explore and critically examine the multiple narratives that accompany processes of urban renewal in ‘decaying’ inner city areas in the global South, where self-organised resident occupations are taking place. [visit site]

Mapping Beyond the Palimpsest - Lima, Peru

Mapping Beyond the Palimpsest

Taking into consideration the potential ethical, societal, legal and regulatory issues underpinning mapping, the research will apply innovative methods and rapid prototyping – such as 3D mapping, augmented reality, as well as 3D printing - to develop a digital archive in José Carlos Mariátegui and Barrios Altos, the two study sites in Lima. [visit site]

Visit the Silk Cities microsite. Image: Yazd, Iran by Georgios Giannopoulos (2010)

Silk Cities platform

An independent contextual platform for knowledge sharing and communication between built environment professionals. The initiative emerged out of a conference in November 2012, and aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice by connecting existing knowledge and know-how in a country to high-profile, up-to-date international research. [visit site]


The heuristics of mapping urban environmental change

Mapping is not only a tool to investigate/capture place-making practices but is itself a means to produce spaces and social relations. Hence, as maps and territories co-construct one another, we ask to what extent can mapping, be a means to contest and re-shape the unjust distribution of resources and opportunities in cities? [visit site]


Planning with Climate Change in Maputo

A project examining the potential of partnerships between public, private and civil society actors to bridge the gap between rhetoric and action in climate change policy. In creating the conditions for climate compatible development, partnerships may act as a bridge between development and environmental concerns. [visit site]

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

HIV and AIDS and informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa

The research seeks to contribute answers to the question: “What is the relationship between HIV and AIDS and informal settlement in eastern and southern African cities?” [visit site]

Past research projects

whose olympics

Whose Olympics?

The goal of this research is to produce a collaborative documentary telling the story of how London’s parks and open spaces are changing in 2012 as a result of the Olympics, and how these transformations are affecting people’s experiences of their local areas and of the Games. [visit site]


Local governance, urban mobility and poverty reduction

This research project examines the links between mobility, poverty reduction, social inclusion and urban integration. It seeks to learn systematically from a critical assessment of a set of interventions fostered by the local government of Medellín, Colombia's second largest city (population 3.5 million) [visit site]

Tuzla: Energy Landscapes

Tuzla: Energy Landscapes

This platform is the result of an experimental project that used film as a method for analysis and presentation of the whole energy systems. The case-study is the energy landscapes in Tuzla, a city in the northeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina. [visit site]

adapting cities

Adapting cities to climate change

This research seeks, firstly, to understand how the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh are going to affect the urban poor in Dhaka and  secondly, to address plans for adaptation at the local (neighbourhood level) that will address vulnerability.[visit site]

Future Proofing Cities

Future Proofing Cities

Cities in developing countries need to act now to future proof their urban development before they are locked into unsustainable development pathways. Cities face significant risks to growth and poverty reduction from climate change, resource scarcities and damage to vital ecosystems.
[visit site]

urban metabolism

Urban Metabolism

What is urban metabolism? How is it understood within different disciplines? Can urban metabolism foster new ideas and concepts of the urban? What is its potential to develop practical applications? These questions emerge around an interdisciplinary dialogue.[visit site]


Justice in the Green

An action-learning platform aiming at contributing to the generation and sharing of action on the use and appropriation of Hackney Marsh and connected green spaces by the surrounding communities. This is understood in the context of the significant transformations of the area (i.e the Olympic Games and Legacy process) [visit site]