Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is leading the Newcastle City Futures project.
The project uses a range of new methods supported by academic evidence. It aims to shape conversations between city leaders and communities and create a comprehensive view of the medium-to long-term trends likely to impact urban development.
Subjects under discussion include:
- identifying new economic sectors
- the health needs of an elderly population
- investment in public transport (including switching to electric vehicles and more cycling)
- education opportunities
- threats from extreme weather events
There are plans to create a free public-facing urban studies research database where academics will collate their knowledge on the local area to act as a resource for both residents and policymakers.
Cities including San Francisco, Sydney and Shanghai are now collaborating with Newcastle to help manage future change.
Read about our vision for Newcastle as a future smart city.