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Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Research (UoA13)

Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Research (UoA13)

Research groups

Architecture, Built Environment, and Planning research works across three research groups.

They have collaborated for more than two decades. They returned together in both the 2014 REF and 2008 RAE.

Our research groups are the:

The first two are in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (SAPL). The School is in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS).

The latter is part of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES). That's in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE).

Inter-disciplinary across the Unit

Inter-disciplinarity is encoded into the work of the Unit. There is vibrant cross-participation and joint publication between these groups. Numerous researchers hold dual affiliations. Several staff, over time, have moved between SAPL and SNES or vice versa.

International focus

The Architecture, Built Environment, and Planning research of the unit is highly international. We have extensive involvement in European projects and across the globe. This includes a major role in two UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund hubs in Newcastle:

Research impact

We have a strong orientation towards challenge-led research and work with impact. It's supported by a deep commitment to processes of engagement and co-production.

We have increasingly experimented with methodologies that enable more effective community communication and collaboration. They also enable tangible, material outcomes, drawn from the humanities and creative practice.

Major research highlights

Some major research highlights in the REF period include the:

£8m Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE)

This was awarded in 2019 through Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England programme. It's intended to grow new disciplines in recognition of the Unit’s vision of developing a new type of building science.

Find out more about the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

£3.8 million National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)

The Centre was funded by Research England in 2020. It undertakes research and knowledge exchange to:

  • inform rural enterprise policy
  • foster innovation and resilience of rural businesses
  • unlock the potential of rural economies

It's based upon the long-standing expertise of CRE in these areas.

Find out more about the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise 

Extensive series of inter-disciplinary projects on urban issues

These include digital civics, health and ageing, and the £9.2 million Future Homes project. They help underpin research expertise represented in the University’s Centre for Researching Cities.

Inclusive research culture

Our Architecture, Built Environment, and Planning research unit focuses on giving everyone the freedom and opportunity to succeed. We enjoy high rates of staff retention and career progression.

We strive for an inclusive research culture. Sixty-eight colleagues are returned as part of the Unit’s submission to REF2021.

Research case studies

Find out more

To find out more, see the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape and School of Natural and Environmental Sciences websites.