Projects Overview

The Institute for Future Cities is active across the world working with academic and other partners to help improve the lives of citizens. All of you work is collaborative, innovative and designed to make a difference. On this page you can find out more about our new projects, what we are currently engaged with, and the impact of some of the projects we have completed.

Emerging projects and opportunities to collaborate:

Further details on where we are looking to collaborate  can be found on the separate page

Current projects :

Future of the city centre – AHRC funded project with Universities of Northumbria (UK), Newcastle (Australia), South Africa (SA) and Paraiba (Brazil).

Female entrepreneurs and water in Cairo

Major sporting event volunteering and active citizenship

Digital government and citizen participation in Mexico

Kolkata new town and the development of Fintech


Recent projects making a difference to people’s lives:

We seek to use academic research and understanding to help find innovative solutions to issues faced by cities making them better places to live, work, learn and invest. And in turn we work with local partners to help ensure that this research has an impact on people living in cities. We do this through research and partnerships with commercial organisations, local and national government, and with citizens, covering subject areas and from across the world. Some recent examples include:

  • Circular economy Glasgow – a project with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
  • Big data analysis and predictive crime – using street lighting to reduce crime; an ESRC transformative grant supported by Community Safety Glasgow and Police Scotland
  • Predictive future tourism – using data search engines to predict when and where; a collaboration between Dept of Computing and Information Sciences, Glasgow Convention and Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Life.
  • Getting inactive people active – shaping health policy to improve wellbeing – a study funded by Spirit of 2012 Trust and Scottish Government.
  • Sensing the city – a joint project developing mobile air quality monitoring systems between IFC and CENSIS (the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems) funded by Datalab
  • Inclusive tourism, low skills and smart cities –  working with the University of Philippines Diliman, and funded by the British Council/Newton Fund, this multi-disciplinary project has encouraged new ways of narrating the role of inclusive tourism in the smart city.

If you are interested in details of other projects not highlighted or working with us please contact us.

Future of the City CentreFuture of the City Centre

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