Sustainable Urban Development Research

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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.

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Urbanisation and the Environment

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

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Urban Governance and Economics

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

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Culture, Mobility and Social Sustainability

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

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Co-researching mobility-related social exclusion in Istanbul

Public Engagement project led by Dr Nihan Akyelken employing co-investigation methodologies of data collection in low income neighbourhoods.

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Ethnographies of everyday management of energy access

An ethnographic study of electricity management practices in Maputo, Mozambique.

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3S RECIPE: Smart Shrinkage Solutions - Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe

Project funded through the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) call that will offer the best practice and most feasible solutions to the problem of urban shrinkage

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Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement

Project funded under the UK AHRC-ESRC joint Partnership for Conflict Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) Innovation Awards that will explore the experience of the Ukrainians displaced by the de facto annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014

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Integrating urban form and sociotechnical potentials of decentralised energy supply

Nahid Mohajeri will be working on a project integrating urban form and sociotechnical potentials of decentralised energy supply for sustainable urban development


Upcoming courses

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development

  • Degree programmes, Professional development