Percentage of the world's population that will live in cities by 2050
Shaping cities of the future
The Urban Institute is an international research centre at the University of Sheffield that examines how cities are responding to the challenges and opportunities of intensified urbanisation, technological innovation and resource constraint.
With critical social science expertise, we bring together the multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral knowledge needed to understand and support sustainable urban change in the UK and across the global context.
We develop conceptual and applied insights and promote debate through our research projects, publications, events and international networks. We engage with policy-makers, businesses, practitioners and community groups.
The UI is primarily supported through external research funding from the ESRC, EPSRC, JPI-Urban Europe, Mistra Urban Futures, Leverhulme and the Open Research Area.