Based in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW since 2005, the City Futures Research Centre has developed into a national leader in scholarly applied urban research. In 2012, together with our colleagues in the BE Planning Program, we were assessed by the Australian Research Council as the only Australian university research concentration in urban planning and related research rated at level 5 – “well above world standard”. This rating was re-confirmed in the recent 2015 ERA review.
Our work spans the interrelated areas of urban planning, housing, health and well-being, design, urban development and social policy. In undertaking this research, we collaborate with a range of academic researchers, both within UNSW and at universities across Australia, Asia and Europe. Our applied focus also involves strong partnerships with local, state and federal government agencies as well as industry stakeholders and community groups.
City Futures has a robust track record on external research income. Our 2015 external research revenue totaled over $2 million. In the main, this funding is provided by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the NSW Department of Health. Other project sponsors include State government departments, local councils and private companies.
City Futures has strong scholarship credentials. We have authored over 200 publications in the five years to 2015 and the Centre has generated over $10 million in external research funding, mainly in competitive national research grants.