The city centre plays a fundamental and dynamic  role in making the city a vibrant and liveable place. It is the site of exchange not only of goods and services but also information and ideas, a place where work interacts with leisure and play, and where people’s lives intersect. It is literally the beating heart of the city. But that heart is nder immense and sustained pressures.

This AHRC funded project examines these pressures across different cities of the world. It seeks to learn from the varying responses and experiences of city centres around the world, to explore the future of city centres, asking: who is it for? What is it for? Where does the future lie? How can its future be guided?”

Working with civic, academic and other partners in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Brazil, the project will lead to the formation of a new international network to help advance answers to these and emerging research questions.