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Urban Futures

Our activities under this theme aim to explore urban pluralism as a key characteristic of urban future: as a form of effective governance, as a basis for increased resilience, and as a precondition for improved experiences of the urban habitat.

Current projects

Resilient Urban Economies

Habitat and Living in Plural Cities

Vocabularies for Urban Futures

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International

We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

More about the programme

It is estimated that 60% of the world’s population will be urbanised by 2030. The rapid growth of cities is giving rise to a range of economic, social and environmental problems. The challenge for policy makers and urban planners is how to manage growth sustainably, tapping the potential benefits of urbanisation while avoiding its exclusionary and environmentally damaging tendencies.

The projects which we carry out as part of this theme seek to conduct an evaluation of urban pluralism as a key characteristic of urban futures: as a form of effective governance, as a basis for increased resilience and human security, as a pre-condition for creativity and improved experiences of the urban habitat, and as a manifestation of the making and meeting of livelihoods. With policy thinking increasingly looking for singular solutions, such as ‘smart’ technologies, it may be necessary to re-consider the modalities of governing plural cities, navigating plural economies and inhabiting plural cities, with a view to better harnessing their potential alongside more traditional ‘top-down’ forms of urban planning and management.

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Email: international@thebritishacademy.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7969 5343