Research and analysis

Future of cities: science of cities

Foresight report examining how science can help us understand the future of cities and where research should be focused in the future.


Future of cities: the science of cities and future research priorities

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The science of cities - using evidence to understand how cities work - is crucial for understanding how cities could develop in the future. This report sets out what we know now and considers where research should be focused in the future.

Further information is available from the future of cities project page.

Published 14 April 2016