Project Team

What does it mean to be a “global city?” What is the state of the art in understanding this term in urban studies? How do contemporary metropolises become “global cities?” To address these challenges, the project consists of two parts. Part 1 is focused on unpacking the processes of becoming and governing emerging “global cities”, involving fieldwork activities in Sydney and Dubai. Part 2 is focused on a collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative carried out jointly with Dr Wendy Steele at URP, Griffith University, stimulating a debate on what it means to study “global cities” and leading to a primer on the state of the art of the scholarship on these metropolises for Palgrave Macmillan.


Global City Challenges, originally piloted with support from the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the Australian National University’s Vice Chancellor and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), has been developed in collaboration with the Urban Research Program (URP) at Griffith University, Australia.