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City Futures

City Futures Project

The Newcastle City Futures project aims to discover the medium to long-term trends likely to impact upon urban development, and to help with collaboration between city leaders and communities.

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.

Involving citizens in shaping their future city

Read about our vision for Newcastle as a future smart city.

Find out more about Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Newcastle City Futures

Newcastle City Futures is the RCUK/Innovate UK Urban Living Partnership pilot led by Newcastle University, creating shared opportunities to shape the future of the city.

Staff Profile - Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Director of Newcastle City Futures and the fifth holder of Newcastle University's 1946 Established Chair of Town Planning. He is a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and one of the leading authorities on urban planning, place and policy.