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Manchester Urban Institute

Global Urbanism Research Group

The Global Urban Research Centre (GURG) is a multidisciplinary research group that focuses on global urbanization, poverty, inequality and exclusion.

Our research

Construction of modern building in Rio de Janeiro

GURG’s critical importance relates to the challenges of an increasingly urban world.

More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, making urbanization one of the most important global phenomena of the 21st century.

Issues such as poverty, inequality and exclusion in the urban environment are compounded by the effects of globalisation and climate change in cities of the global South.

The success for future global citizens will depend not only on their capacity to find opportunities in the world’s towns and cities, but also in their strategies to adapt to new conditions created by these phenomena.

Core principles

Our work is based on two core principles:

  • A rigorous and relevant academic research agenda that links theory to urban development practice
  • A ‘bottom up’ focus on urban globalisation

Putting people at the centre of our focus on interconnected, critical urban transformations.

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