Global Urban Research Unit


About GURU

We provide a strategic focus on globally relevant urban research at Newcastle University

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Founded under a different name in 1993 GURU is internationally recognised for its theoretical contributions to planning, governance and urban studies, and for its engagement in societal challenges, public policy, community development and professional practices.

Our research

This research cuts across multiple disciplines and specialist fields including: urban planning, human geography, urban and rural sociology, environmental planning and management, cultural studies, anthropology, urban governance, urban design, health and ageing, digital civics, and participatory practice. 

Recent examples of GURU research and publications.

GURU research focuses on the following five themes:

Research Excellence Framework

The Centre is situated in the high performing School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL) which in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) was:

  • Ranked 4th out of 45 for research intensity and power
  • With 85% of the submitted outputs graded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)
  • With over 90% of eligible staff returned

GURU has a track record of generating high levels of research income from a range of international, European, national and local research funding and its research has been disseminated through numerous high quality publications. GURU’s international outlook is evident in the number and quality of its international visiting scholars and from the visiting scholarships held by its members in numerous universities around the world.

We are committed to contribute to societal challenges by being actively engaged with policy, practice and community activities and have generated award winning impacts. The Centre provides a collegial, thriving and supportive environment for the intellectual development and social wellbeing of its members and affiliates, especially early career researchers and research students.