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Laboratory research

The City Leadership Lab convenes world-class academic scholarship, typically conducted in collaboration with public authorities, international organisations, the private sector and local SMEs to create a unique environment for urban experimentation, research, and policy advice. While the lab’s focus remains on globally-relevant city challenges, projects undertaken are practically oriented and very often locally-focused. We strive to engage a suite of challenge for urban policy and innovation, tackling pressing questions for city leadership and its underpinning governance, from 'smart' infrastructure, to the delivery of essential services, networking and international engagements, disaster resilience and innovation in urban strategies This distinct endeavour for applied urban research reflects the Lab’s desire to meet and unravel deeply embedded leadership constraints, with a view to re-imagining city leadership for the 21st century.

Find out more about the Lab's projects by clicking on the links below.

Linking dance and mobility? A pilot project connecting arts and engineering thinking on cities.

Working with an EPSRC consortium to understand the (urban) governance of water food and energy in cities.

What urban evidence shapes responses to crises? STEaPP pilot aimed at learning from Cape Town's experience.

An EPSRC doctoral project investigating the dynamics and politics of urban knowledge in large projects planning

A partnership with UN-Habitat and GCRO in Johannesburg assessing the roles of 'urban observatories' in policy.

Assessing the knowledge architecture of Habitat III and the possibilities of an 'IP' for cities, funded by STEaPP

Can we look at engineering cities with a better gender 'lens'? A pilot project supported by STEaPP

Can cities learn from crisis? An EPSRC consortium analysing how to learn from shocks to the 'nexus' 

Analysing knowledge use in green infrastructure decision-making in cities, in collaboration with the GCRO.

How is water governed in cities? A project investigating expanding access to safe, quality drinking water.

A Pivot book series for Palgrave Macmillan centred on cities & environmental politics.