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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Aerial view of Manchester city centre.

Cities and post-sustainability

The world's cities are growing rapidly - one estimate suggests that, by 2050, 70% of the planet's nine billion-strong population will live in an urban area.

The world’s most powerful cities make a significant contribution to global economic growth. However, this growth is uneven - and produces major challenges in social and environmental sustainability.

This working group was formed to engage with the sustainability challenges posed by urban growth in an academic and policy-relevant way.

Our aims

  • to address the fundamental uncertainties and lack of knowledge about how to achieve this urban reconfiguration
  • to contribute to debates on the future of urban sustainability
  • to research attempts to sustainably reconfigure urban systems of provision.

Working group leader