Global Urban Research Unit

Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) is a research centre established in 2002 at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, England.

Global Urban Research Unit
Established2002 (2002)
DirectorGeoff Vigar
England, United Kingdom
AffiliationsNewcastle University

The formation

GURU was formed through the merger of three successful urban research centres, providing an effective force in global urban research.[1]

The centre incorporates:

CREUE—The Centre for Research in European Urban Environments.

One of Europe's largest and most innovative urban research centres, CREUE, since 1993, pioneered institutional analyses of urban planning, development, governance, and planning theory. It has developed nuanced analyses of the practices surrounding social polarisation and exclusion and community and housing development. And it has integrated urban design, conservation issues and transport planning thoroughly into wider urban debates.

CARDO - The Centre for Architectural Research and Development Overseas.

A leading and long-established centre exploring the links between housing, architecture, and social and economic development in the Global South. CARDO has developed different approaches to the study of the home, household enterprises, and community development and has fast-developing expertise on the social aspects of mega-urbanisation.

CUT – The Centre for Urban Technology.

An innovative and cross-disciplinary centre, CUT has, since 1994, pioneered research into the complex intersections of technologies, infrastructures and urban development. CUT has pioneered the 'socio-technical’ view of cities emphasising flow, the material bases of mobility, and the social construction of buildings and infrastructures. It has started to use this perspective to address the analytical challenges of global urbanism and urban environmental sustainability in a wide range of contexts.

Current work

Harnessing the combined capabilities of these three Centres, GURU emerges as a globally significant organisation at the leading edge of contemporary thinking and research about cities.[2] GURU’s work is organised into smaller overlapping research groups, forming a loose matrix within the overall Group so that interactions within and across thematic groups is developed to the maximum possible extent.[3]

List of GURU directors

Scholars attached to the unit

See also


  1. "Global Urban Research Unit". Inforurale. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  2. "News from the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University". ETPI. 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  3. "Hot topic: Urban expansion". Intute. Retrieved 2008-10-01.

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