Sustainable Urban Development Research


Sustainable Urban Development research in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford

Research on Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) at Oxford seeks to develop advanced knowledge on the challenges and opportunities for developing more sustainable and just urban spaces, communities and politics. The SUD research programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainable urbanism drawing on a full spectrum of research methodologies and philosophies.

The SUD research programme aims to be at the leading edge in national and international developments in urban studies placing particular emphasis on understanding the social, economic and environmental processes of urbanisation and what it means for creating sustainable communities.

The SUD team consists of full time academic staff and part time doctoral researchers working on projects focused on a wide range of regions such as Southern Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean Islands, etc. The SUD research has been primarily funded by the UK Research Councils, the British Academy, and Oxford’s John Fell Fund.


Urbanisation and the Environment

Research concerned with the nature of urbanisation processes and patterns and the associated sustainability of urban environments.


Urban Governance and Economics

The institutional, governance and planning aspects of urban environments and the ways in which these shape the economy.


Culture, Mobility and Social Sustainability

Research concerned with social and cultural processes and everyday life practices that affect and enhance the sustainability of cities.

Upcoming courses

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development

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Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques

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