Staff in Architecture, Planning and Landscape undertake research of the highest quality, which is renowned for its globally-important, often interdisciplinary orientation. We combine sophisticated, critical and rigorous scholarship with a noteworthy commitment to social justice and inclusion. In particular, our work fulfils Newcastle University’s mission of ‘Excellence with a Purpose’ in conducting research which shapes the actions of government, industry, and cultural life through practical and action-led modes of research and engagement. As a professionally focused School, we have contacts and research collaborations with planning and architecture organisations and businesses, governmental advisory bodies and third sector partners, as well as research institutes from around the world.
In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) Planning was ranked 4th nationally on the quality of its work and for Architecture, 60% of research outputs were ranked in the categories world leading or showing international excellence. Between August 2007 and July 2012 the School received research grants totalling nearly £2.7m. with over £1.5m coming from European Union sources. Since August 2011 more than half of our research award funding has come from the UK Research Councils.
Research in the School is conducted in two research groups, the Global Urban Research Unit and the Architecture Research Collaborative and we are home to the internationally recognised Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Much of our work is associated with Newcastle University’s Societal Challenge Themes of Ageing, Social Renewal and Sustainability.
The School has a large and diverse population of postgraduate research students and there are strong linkages between postgraduate research and the activities of research centres, some of which is evidenced in our extensive programme of research events such as the School's Research and Design Seminar Series.