Urban Humans

Today over half of the world’s expanding population live in cities. What does this mean for being an ‘urban human’? Answering this question requires knowledge of how technological, environmental, biological and political changes affect urban life. It is also necessary to understand how urban humans are imagined and how these framings inform city processes.

The theme advances our understanding of the distinctive nature of the 21st Century ‘urban human’ and examines implications for policy-making, planning and design.

Research Questions
–    Do assistive technologies and architectures extend human capacities and functionality beyond existing human norms?
–    How does urban life
shape the corporeality and physical/mental health of bodies and does this produce a distinctive type of urban human?
–    Does the need to live with others and deal with tensions, generate questions about specifically ‘urban’ human rights?
–    What survival strategies
are needed for the marginalised urban human that improvises on the edge of the formal economy?


October 10, 2018 in Blog, General

The Northern Food Network

This regional event brought together representatives from food networks across the north of England to inspire, collaborate and share best practice. Speakers and discussion focused around 2 themes: • The governance challenge of coordinating food networks - how can we…
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October 10, 2018 in Blog

Developing a Food Network for the North?

Alongside Sustainable Food Cities and sponsored by University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF), the SAFE team organised an event to bring together food system thinkers and actors from across the North of England. Sustainable Food Citieshad been hearing queries from members…
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Volumetric urbanism workshop (June 2017) – Joint with Rowland Atkinson and UWS


of the Earth’s surface has been urbanised


people currently living in urban areas


Number of people who voluntarily wear an electronic tracking device such as a smartphone


Approximately of global GDP is generated in cities