Research and analysis

Future of cities: what is the global view?

Essay looking at the way other countries are thinking about the future of cities.



This essay considers the way the rest of the world world is thinking about the future of cities. It looks at:

  • the different futures that we predict for cities and nations of varying sizes, levels of development and locations
  • some real-world examples of how policymakers at the city, national and global scales are thinking about the future of cities
  • the range of future issues that cities face, and the tools that are needed to address those issues

This essay was commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 24 November 2014