GURG staff work closely with civil society organisations, local governments, and Northern and Southern academics and researchers.

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Through our work in Global Urban Research Centre (GURG), we seek to shed light on what is happening in urban centres, influence policy and practices, and work closely with other stakeholders so that we are more effective in identifying ways in which an academic centre based in the UK can support transformations in towns and cities of the global South.

We have links with Shack/Slum Dwellers International, an international network of federations of the urban poor with affiliates in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and with many other civil society organisations. We also work with a range of international agencies including the Department for International Development (DFID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Ford Foundation and Comic Relief.

At GURG, we link our research activities with those of others in the academic departments of Southern universities, and with those interested in collaboration in local government and civil society.

We also have long-standing relations with the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and with the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London.