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Cities and Place


Cities and Place

Our research into cities is making sustainable development in urban areas a reality.

Interdisciplinary research

Our University was founded 180 years ago to educate pioneers of the industrial revolution and address social challenges such as public health.

This ethos remains with us today. It influences both what we research and how we operate.

We take an interdisciplinary place-based approach, working with many partners to:

  • understand and benefit society
  • improve the economy, health, and cultural richness of the places in which we operate
  • discover and share knowledge and practice to enable sustainable development around the world

We build impactful partnerships across business, education, government and citizens.

We have a deep commitment to social justice. Our Engagement and Place Strategy focusses on improving the economy, health, social wellbeing and cultural richness of the places in which we operate.

Living laboratory

We use our city and campuses as a living laboratory to inform the work we do.

The Newcastle Helix site brings together academia, the public sector, communities, and business. We are creating a global centre for urban innovation in the heart of the city. Our Future Homes project will create and test new residential solutions for ageing populations.

Find out more about Newcastle Helix

As a founding member of the UK Collaboration for Research on Infrastructure and Cities, we host the National Green Infrastructure Facility and lead the Urban Observatories programme.

Our strengths in data enable us to understand cities and places. We bring our research and innovation capability in ageing, energy and culture to support health, wealth and well-being in the region and beyond.

The Farrell Centre

Alumnus Sir Terry Farrell has achieved a glittering and award-winning career. He's a world famous and prolific architect, planner and urban designer.

He has donated £1M and his extensive archive to us from which we will establish a major new centre. The centre will be a unique addition to our campus.

It includes a major exhibition area for architecture and urban design. It will offer space for events, study, research, and a business start-up area for graduates.

It will be a world leading centre where people can learn about the city of Newcastle’s past and discuss its future. It will be a centre where they can think about the future of global cities.

Find out more about our plans for The Farrell Centre

I’m delighted that my extensive archive will find a permanent home here, and that the 'Farrell Centre' will be a focus for exhibition and debate about city making in my home town.