The Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield addresses some of the major social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities today and in the future.

Population of world living in cities by 2050

Shaping cities of the future

By 2050, the world’s population will be more than 9 billion and around 70 per cent of people will live in cities. Urban spaces are already facing considerable challenges and developing sustainable and socially accountable solutions is critical. 

Cities are shaped by the interplay between technological innovation, individual and collective practices, institutions and governance. Traditionally these issues have been studied in isolation.

Our institute provides support structures to ensure that academics can resource and deliver ambitious multi-disciplinary research projects that make a difference in the world. Our strategic partners include engineers, architects, landscape architects, developers, planners, policy makers and community groups.

Today’s research will help shape the cities of tomorrow.

Our Work

We are working with national and international partners to develop solutions to some of the major challenges facing our urban spaces today and in the future.


Who We Are

Our team has expertise across a range of backgrounds including engineering, social sciences, urban planning, environmental sciences and urban infrastructure.


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Urban Institute
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
The University of Sheffield
219 Portobello
S1 4DP