Urban Research Centre
Welcome to the Urban Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.
The Centre aspires to be an international leader in research and teaching initiatives involving cities and urban management. Our approach is interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative. Our methods and data are comprehensive, precise and effective. We take much pride in our work and seek to be known for our quality, creativity and effectiveness.
The Centre has as a priority the development of a team of excellent doctoral researchers and the provision of high quality, relevant academic studies in its Master of Urban Management program and associated short courses.
On behalf of the staff of the Urban Research Centre, I invite you to contact us if you have any questions about our research, our courses or the many other activities that make working with us a challenging and exciting experience.
Professor Michael Darcy
Director, Urban Research Centre.
The Urban Research Centre is ideally located in the geographical, economic and socio-cultural heartland of Sydney - a laboratory to understand the challenges and devise solutions about contemporary urbanisation. The Centre undertakes world-class research involving a large team of interdisciplinary, adventurous and engaged staff with high-level expertise in spatial economic analysis, urban performance indicators, demographic change, innovation studies, policy development and evaluation, community consultation, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, and in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The Urban Research Centre engages in research within 2 themes:
- Productive and diverse urban economies
- Affordable and sustainable housing
Research activity is funded by a generous grant by the UWS Board of Trustees, as well as from national competitive grants and by direct contracts with government agencies, private firms and the not-for-profit sector.