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There are now more than 80 projects that sit with the Urban Transformations portfolio. These cover a range of topics and places and so the easiest way to find what you are looking for is to use the filter function below:

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Duration: 11/15 – 11/18

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While cities have brought considerably benefits to many, for the most marginalised residents they are often sites of conflict, exclusion and environmental degradation. This is especially true in South Africa, where the country’s rapid urbanisation in…

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Silhouette of boys playing football against a warm sunrise sky.

Duration: 01/16 – 12/17

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While recent research on food-water-energy access has generally focused on governance and flows between producers and consumers, there is currently little evidence available on how young people specifically experience this nexus. This is despite the fact…

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Electric high voltage power towers at morning mist

Duration: 10/14 – 03/17

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Project IRENE is researching how best to mitigate vulnerabilities of urban electricity grids by utilising the flexibility of future smart grids with decentralised generation and smart control. The aim is to ensure availability of power supply…

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Ecology connection concept background

Duration: 02/16 – 02/19

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While there is some agreement on the need to move towards a fairer and more sustainable society, how to best achieve this is still the source of some debate. In particular, there are tensions between more…

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elderly person walking with support of trolley

Duration: 03/16 – 02/19

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Social exclusion is an acute problem for older people, particularly those living in cities – a rapidly growing population in the context of increasing urbanisation and rising life expectancy. Yet despite widespread recognition of this issue,…

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Antique map of London with magnifying glass casting light onto it

Duration: 09/15 – 08/18

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Regulatory instruments such as contracts, deeds and by-laws are used as tools to manage partnerships between different stakeholders in urban regeneration projects. However, these contractual relationships have significant implications for the democratic legitimacy of these projects,…

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Paper doll people holding hands

Duration: 01/15 – 12/17

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Climate change adaptation and mitigation are led by three distinct groups – governments, markets and communities – which, though often operating in tandem, bring different skills and resources to this process. But while there is already…

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shacks in township in south africa, from directly above

Duration: 11/15 – 11/18

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Despite considerable investment in urban housing and infrastructure since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s cities continue to struggle with service shortfalls and a dependence on ‘informal’ settlements. This situation, similar to urban conditions in many…

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smart city

Duration: 01/17 – 12/18

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Smart cities in the making: Learning from Milton Keynes seeks to explore the little understood connections between new technologies and their users, with the aim of improving the connections between smart systems and citizens. Using Milton…

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Duration: 05/16 – 04/19

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The concept of ‘contagion’ is widely used to explain the spread of behaviours, in particular violent disorder, from person to person. However, this framework fails to fully encompass the complex role of group norms and boundaries…

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new urban agenda debate image debate

Not since the United Nations was created after the Second World War has there been such a concerted effort to galvanize the global community to act differently and to manage cities and territories better, ‘for people, planet and prosperity’.

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Duration: 05/16 – 04/19

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Given the rapid growth of ageing populations in many cities, the importance of developing appropriate design interventions to enable active and healthy lifestyles for older residents is more urgent than ever. Place-Making with Older Adults: Towards…

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