University Connections

These connections are based within universities and reflect the many ways in which universities interact with cities.

The links may be to research centres, graduate education programmes, scholarly networks, university-city initiatives or other academic-related entities.

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Regional Economics Application Laboratory (REAL)

The Regional Economics Applications Laboratory focuses on the development and use of analytical models for urban and regional forecasting and economic development.

Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC)

Based in the University of Glasgow in collaboration with seven partner universities, UBDC focuses on the application of big data to solve urban problems.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

The Development Planning Unit conducts research and capacity building with national governments, local authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders to support sustainable development in the global south.

Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE)

CoDE is a collaborative academic initiative looking at the changing dynamics of ethnicity in the UK and its relationships within the country.

Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM)

Based at the University of São Paulo, CEM (the Centre for Metropolitan Studies) brings together a range of disciplines to explore social inequalities and support the development of public policies in metropolitan regions.

The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)

Based at UCL’s Bartlett, CASA specialises in the spatial visualisation and simulation of cities and regions.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

South Africa’s statutory research agency, set up to provide research and analysis on government policies and research issues.

South African Social Policy Research Institute (SASPRI)

SASPRI is an academic partnership committed to addressing a variety of social justice issues in South Africa.

Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Ações para a Cidadania (NIAC)

The NIAC (Interdisciplinary Centre for Actions for Citizenship), based within the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, brings together the expertise of its architecture and urban planning faculty with other departments to develop holistic solutions to…


SimOmics was created from a cross-departmental collaboration at the University of York and focuses on modelling, simulation and software development to support evidence-based decision making.

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