Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being

This programme aims to support interdisciplinary research that explores how formal and informal infrastructures interact to affect the well-being of people in cities across the Global South.
21 months

The UN estimates that by 2050 68% of the world population will live in cities. The fastest growing cities are in developing countries of the Global South. These cities already struggle to provide adequate infrastructure and stand to be overwhelmed by future demand. Also by 2050 the UN estimates that the current slum (informal) population of 1 billion will have grown to 3 billion. This places immeasurable pressure on urban infrastructure, on water supplies, the environment, health, sanitation, housing, energy, transport, public health, and on all aspects of social and community life. In this context, well-being, which includes but extends beyond physical health to incorporate all dimensions of material, social and mental welfare, becomes an urgent issue necessitating creative thinking and practical solutions. 

This programme supports interdisciplinary research across the social and engineering sciences and the humanities looking to explore how formal and informal infrastructures interact to affect the well-being of people in cities across the Global South. The projects aim to: 

  • Deliver research excellence with development impact; 
  • Strengthen the evidence base on what works at the critical junctions of formal and informal infrastructures, including what works in different contexts; 
  • Provide insights to enable new approaches to infrastructure development and innovative directions in implementation by policy makers and practitioners.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the scheme notes.

Contact details

For further information, please contact GCRF@thebritishacademy.ac.uk or call 020 7969 5220.


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