Smart & sustainable cities

Richard Bellingham, Nicholas Purshouse

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The University of Strathclyde is creating a new Institute for Future Cities that aims to improve the quality of human life across the world through innovative research that enables cities to be understood in new ways, and innovative approaches to be developed for the way we live, work, learn and invest in cities. The new Institute will create a focus and strategy to coordinate academic research on urban themes, and partnerships with cities, businesses, research institutions and governments across the world. This paper outlines the wider context and issues for urban policy and research, and describes some of the key objectives and activities of the Institute for Future Cities - including the €3.7 million EU FP7 STEP UP project on sustainable city planning and implementation, a new ESRC research programme on crime prediction, and the City Observatory within the £24 million TSB Future City Demonstrator in Glasgow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • regional innovation
  • Institute for Future Cities
  • city investment strategies

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