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.

Urban Institute September School

The school is organised as a series of weekly workshops on a series of interrelated sequential themes.

Covid-19 responses

A collective response to the fundamental issues Covid-19 has raised for urban studies.

The ‘Sheffield Urbanism’ Lecture Series

The second ‘Sheffield Urbanism Lecture Series’ 2021 will profile work on Climate Urbanism from Professors Vanesa Castán Broto and Simon Marvin, in the Urban Institute.

Percentage of people living 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.

News & Events

New Paper in Transactions of the Institute of British Geography

'Rethinking the geographies of finance for urban climate action' by our Enora Robin

Our Work

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


Who We Are

Urban Institute academics undertake multidisciplinary research to analyse the socio-technical, political and ecological dynamics of contemporary urban environments.