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TheUrban futures research group at King's is one of the largest groups of urban researchers in the United Kingdom. The Group’s research focuses on three core themes: urban inequality, health and well being; comparative urbanisation, and the representation and use of urban space. Its research is both national and international in scope, including a strong tradition of research on London along with comparative analyses of major world cities. 

The Group has a wide portfolio of research projects. There is a long standing interest in different aspects of urban economic and social change and inequality, and in policies relating to housing, health and the built environment. This strand encompasses a significant range of research from understanding past and present welfare systems and survival strategies in cities to the relationships between architecture, urban spaces, health and disability. Gentrification and social inequality in urban settings is a major element of this research strand. The way that race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality structure access to and use of public space is also a key aspect of this research agenda. Comparative research in urbanisation, economic flows and urban livelihoods extends this set of interests to places in the global south, particularly in Africa and other cities in rapidly emerging economies.

The Group’s research is united in its view that space and geography are integral components in understanding and influencing contemporary urban change. Members of the Cities Group seek to develop insights that have relevance for the understanding of urban public policy and the politics of sustainable cities. The Group is committed to advancing debates about social justice and the city in the global north and the global south, and in contributing to the development of urban and social theory.  

The Group also supervise a thriving and dynamic PhD programme.  If you are interested in PhD study, please visit our PhD page for more information, including details of funding available for PhD study. Please visit our staff research interests page for academic staff research interests and teaching areas at a glance. Motivated and dynamic researchers are welcome to explore the possibility of joining us on a Fellowship or taking up visiting researcher positions.

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