Pathway 8: Urbanisation, Social Change & Transformation (USCT) 

Pathway Leads:

Dr Naru Shiode, King’s College

Dr Regan Koch, Queen Mary University

Prof John Polak, Imperial College

The pathway will make a distinctive contribution to areas such as the ESRC’s strategic priorities on sustainable growth and a vibrant and fair society by exploring ways to improve urban space and urban societies, conceptually, methodologically and substantively. These issues span the past, present and future of cities and urban environments in the global South and North, ranging from development of a walkable, healthy and sustainably-built environment to prevention of crime and disasters by design, and sustaining increasingly diverse communities across gender, age, ethnicity and sexuality. The interdisciplinary nature of this pathway involves collaboration between world-leading researchers in economics, geography, sociology, politics, health, environmental studies and engineering.

There are five training sub-pathways:

A. Urban Health & Wellbeing: focuses on understanding the spatial patterns of urban health and inequalities, the consequences for the provision of urban healthcare services and the use of new healthcare technologies for both acute and chronic care.

King’s College London

MSc Global Health & Social Justice

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Global Health Geographies

Imperial College

MSc Environmental Technology

B. Urban Spatial Politics: develops critical assessments of urban citizenship and governance, the management and contestation of urban public space, and urban violence, crime and security.

King’s College London

MSc Environment, Politics & Globalisation

MSc Global Health & Social Justice

MSc Sustainable Cities

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Geography 

C. Digital Innovation in Cities: focuses on the implications of the explosive growth in new digital data and data-driven innovation and services for urban socio-economic processes, urban structure and urban living.

King’s College London

MA Big Data in Culture & Society

Imperial College

MSc Environmental Technology 

MSc Transport

D. Home, Urban Lives & the Built Environment: explores the relationship between the processes of urban infrastructure development, the residential property market and housing policy, urban regeneration, gentrification, home and homelessness, alongside the diversity of urban lives and experiences of the city and broader processes of urban demographic change.

King’s College London

MSc Sustainable Cities

MA/MSc Geography

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Cities & Cultures

E. Migration, Mobility & Flow: explores both the drivers of and the consequences that follow migration, the flows of commodities and information from, to and within the city and processes of urban mobility.

King’s College London

MSc Sustainable Cities

MA/MSc Geography 

Imperial College

MSc Transport