Entering the second decade of the 21st century, modern cities lie at the precipice of immense challenge and change. Our understanding of the urban, whether in theory or practice, must rise to the occasion.

Flexible City - Oxford Future of Citites

Addressing this rapidly unfolding world requires a newfound sense of ingenuity and versatility, be it in policymaking, investment, or our everyday livelihoods.

The Oxford Network for the Future of Cities seeks to re-think the urban area as a flexible and evolving space that proactively responds to the greatest challenges of our time, like the climate crisis or the next worldwide public health emergency. The initiative, based at a university synonymous with curiosity and innovation, will bring together global perspectives to create world-class research that meets this unprecedented moment.

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This long-term initiative convenes experts and practitioners from a diverse set of fields across the University of Oxford, including urban studies, real estate, climate change, transportation, and migration.

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  • OXFORD MARTIN SCHOOL OXFORD MARTIN SCHOOL The Oxford Martin School brings together the best minds from different fields to tackle the most pressing issues of the 21st century Visit
  • PEAK URBAN PEAK URBAN Through the partnership of five renowned academic institutions, PEAK Urban creates groundbreaking research on the greatest issues facing cities today Visit
  • OXFORD Urbanists OXFORD Urbanists Oxford Urbanists is an organisation of global thinkers and practitioners seeking to create solid partnerships towards sustainable development Visit
  • The University of Oxford Sustainable Urban Development Programme The University of Oxford Sustainable Urban Development Programme The Department for Continuing Education exists to enable Oxford University to reach students beyond the full-time student body Visit
  • Compas Compas The Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) has established an international reputation for original research and policy relevance Visit
  • Urban Transformations Urban Transformations Urban Transformations is a network based at the University of Oxford showcasing ESRC research on cities Visit