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Responding to global challenges through innovative thinking

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Bartlett research changes the world.

It’s not something we do to get our name into journals or impress other academics. We do it with issues in mind that are bigger than the built environment, but to which the built environment can make a critical difference – issues such as the sustainability of cities and communities, wellbeing, health and cultural interaction.

These are complex challenges. But the depth and breadth of expertise in our eight schools and sections means we can make inroads. The Bartlett’s research community is home to architects, engineers, physicists, economists, ecologists, historians and project managers. Our location at the heart of London connects us to a powerful cluster of firms, institutions and networks and allows us to attract high-calibre staff from around the world. And we’re able to draw on the talents of some of the best minds from other UCL research communities, in medicine, social science, the arts and the humanities, for example.

Together, we home in on gaps in knowledge between specialisms and develop new methods, new forms of discovery and new kinds of exchange between disciplines.

When we do that, we deliver world-class research with real impact: in the UK’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Bartlett research staff achieved the greatest proportion of 4* (ie. world-leading) ratings overall of any faculty in the built environment field.

Explore the MPhil/PhD pages under our individual schools and sections to discover the diversity of recent Bartlett research, from smart cities, housing and the office of the future to renewable energy in China, urban poverty and the hydrogen economy.