The Future of Cities

Event recording


This event brought together academia and business to explore how we can address some of the biggest challenges facing future cities. Attendees heard from business experts and world-leading academics in urban sustainability, transport, real estate and energy, helping researchers to reflect on how their research could shape the development of cities and the potential areas for collaboration with business in current or future research.
The panel discussion focused on how industry and academia work collaboratively for mutual benefit; ensuring that academic expertise informs business development, and that businesses’ real-world challenges are explored in academic research. Attendees were invited to join the discussion and to help explore how business and academia can contribute to the cities of the future being smart, energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, and promoting equality and active citizenship, while addressing population growth and rising urbanisation.


Ms Melanie Bryce – Oxfordshire Programme Director, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Dr Sara Candiracci – Associate Director Inclusive and Sustainable Cities Lead/International Development, Arup

Prof Michael Keith – Professor at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Director of Peak Urban, University of Oxford

Prof Kathy Pain – Professor of Real Estate Development and Co-Director of the Globalization & World Cities (GaWC) Research Network, University of Reading

Dr Divya Sharma – Executive Director, The Climate Group

Prof Tim Schwanen – Professor of Transport Studies and Geography, and Director of the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford


This event was targeted at postgraduate (taught and research) Master students, PhD students and early career researchers, as well as academics more advanced in their careers. 

This event was organised by the Accelerating Business Collaboraton scheme.

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Event held

18 February 2021