Welcome to the website for the European Union funded project: ‘Situating the New Urban University: Higher Education in an Era of Global Urbanization’

The relationship between the university and the city is evolving in an era of global urbanization. The networked nature of urban space and society means we can no longer consider urban universities as simply located ‘in the city’.

Situating the New Urban University examines how universities can adapt their institutional infrastructures, pedagogical practices, and ways of operating in response to the unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges of contemporary urbanization. The project’s focus on Greater London and the New York metropolitan area provides the first major comparative study of universities in global city-regions. Engaging the social and institutional variations across these expansive agglomerations aims to reveal what potential capacities universities have as urban leaders in a globalizing world; how universities can better mobilize in, and for, extended city-regions; and how urban inhabitants can more effectively inform universities’ spatial and strategic actions. Situating the New Urban University has two main research strands: (1) a review and assessment of universities’ spatial strategies; covering broad trends, visions, and modes of outreach; and (2) in-depth comparative analysis of university engagement, networks, and strategic actions across the case regions.

The project has four key objectives:

  • To advance understandings of university-territoriality relationships.
  • To analyze cutting-edge developments in universities’ spatial strategies.
  • To investigate how the mechanisms through which urban knowledge is mobilized.
  • To promote urban engagement strategies that improve access for marginalized social groups.

Situating the New Urban University is based in the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL) in collaboration with London Higher and UN-Habitat UNI.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 657522.


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