Institute for Future CitiesPhD opportunities

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Creating sustainable, desirable, and liveable cities will require everyone involved in place-making to keep learning and updating our skills. We need to use innovative and creative new technologies, and the skills and assets of citizens, to make the positive changes needed.

PhD Studentships and research opportunities

We welcome talented individuals to study for PhDs with the Institute for Future Cities. You should have a strong academic background or equivalent professional experience and a driving interest in undertaking high-quality research into the issues and opportunities for cities globally.

You are welcome to propose a topic of research but we would particularly welcome applicants in the areas of interest:

  • Sustainable and resilient development of cities in the developing world
  • Sustainable cities and zero-carbon cities
  • Urban wetlands and communities
  • Net zero city centres and new economic models for the city centre
  • Repopulating the city centre
  • Smart cities and the use of data systems and analytics to support delivery, decision-making, and policy development
  • Reconnecting cities and citizens: new forms of community engagement and participation

If you are interested in discussing a possible PhD topic with us, please contact Robert Rogerson (