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Our Research

Our Research

Our dynamic, diverse, inclusive and international research engages with key global problems concerning the built environment, tackling important issues in society and culture.

Our research spans the social sciences, humanities, creative practice, engineering, and biotechnology.

Much of our research crosses disciplinary boundaries to address important challenges, winning awards from international and national research councils, charities and governments. Our impactful work engages with diverse questions and audiences. We inform policymaking, professional practice, cultural life and industry. Our work is international, national and local, engaging with problems both specific to our place and shared by communities and cultures worldwide.

Research in the School clusters around two research centres: Architectural Research Collaborative (ARC) and Global Urban Research Unit (GURU).

ARC and GURU use key themes to structure research activities. The centres animate our research culture and promote our research to diverse audiences. They reflect the collective research expertise and interests of our academic staff. Our research centres hold regular public talks, events and exhibitions, symposia, conferences, and discussion and reading groups. This activity engages with diverse public, professional and academic audiences, promoting networking, and providing researchers with peer review support.

The School has a large and diverse population of postgraduate research students who are lively contributors to the activities of our research centres. This includes our weekly research and design seminar series. Our activities contribute to the research environment of the School and beyond. This is partly through our public lecture and events series.

We are also home to the leading academic journals: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management and arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Architecture is also based here.

We follow the Researcher Development Concordat. We enable all staff to fulfil their research potential regardless of career stage. This commitment secures our thriving research culture and vibrant research environment. Our offer to each individual and their researcher development involves: mentoring, annual research planning discussions, pooled research funding to support career development and research activities, peer review support for the development of research and innovation funding applications.

Research Groups

Our participation in groups and centres across the University enables and enlivens our research and the environment in which it takes place:

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Academic research in the UK is evaluated by government through the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The most recent exercise in 2014 graded 85% of our work as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and our ranking in terms of intensity highlights our submission of over 90% of eligible staff.

With over 40 staff included we were able to demonstrate our breadth and depth across architecture, planning, landscape and rural development. The latter element was substantially boosted by the inclusion of colleagues from the University's Centre for Rural Economy who contributed to a very strong performance in terms of the public impact of our research.

Our performance helped Newcastle University improve its national research power ranking. Full information about Newcastle University’s performance in REF 2014