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.
- 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
Our four research themes explore how we can achieve less resource-intensive ways of life.
We have an ambitious research programme for addressing key issues in sustainability.