The Institute for Future Cities is a multidisciplinary research unit based within the international, award winning University of Strathclyde. We work with commercial, civic and academic partners across the world to understand better the challenges faced by cities as places to live and work, and to help unlock the potential of cities to provide innovative ways of enhancing their quality of life. Our strength lies in our ability to respond quickly and agilely to the changing needs of cities and to help promote socially progressive and inclusive urban development.
To improve the quality of life of citizens by making cities healthier, more sustainable and more resilient, leading research and innovation to help:
We seek to help tackle the major economic, environmental and social challenges faced by cities through collaboration and co-design, working with academics, commercial partners, civic leadership, voluntary sector and citizens. Our approach seeks to make a difference to people’s live by:
As part of an international University, we engage with partners in cities across the world, sharing learning and insights as part of international networks, and collaborate with other future city research centres.
Where are we working?
We operate from the heart of Glasgow, the UK’s future city demonstrator, where we are located in the state-of-the-art Technology & Innovation Centre; itself designed to facilitate greater collaboration between academic researchers and other partners. Our custom-built City Observatory facility allows our partners to help identify approaches to address urban challenges, to visualise solutions, and to use data analytics to understand cities and city systems in new ways.
Led by Richard Bellingham and Robert Rogerson, the Institute extends beyond its core team drawing together expertise across Strathclyde University (and other Universities across the world) from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds in order to apply key expertise, diverse perspectives, and a powerful network of external partnerships to tackle complex city issues.