Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

About Us

About Us

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) is a major research hub in this field.

We look at urban and regional development and the effects on communities and economies across the globe. Photo by Matt Horne

CURDS is based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
Its aims are to produce academically rigorous and policy relevant research in urban and regional change, development and policy.
Since its establishment in 1977, CURDS has generated over £35 million of research income from:

  • National research councils
  • Public and private bodies
  • International organisations
  • UK national, local and regional government and institutions

CURDS has contributed to Geography’s submission to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 which was ranked:

  • 10th out of 57 overall,
  • 4th out of 57 for the quality of its research outputs and
  • 5th out of 57 for the wider impact of its research.

Globally, Geography at Newcastle is ranked 42nd in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2016. CURDS has provided 2 of Geography’s 4 Impact Case Studies for REF 2014 on Travel to Work areas and Connecting Universities to Regional Growth.