The Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) is the main focus for Planning research within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The Planning subject area at Newcastle was rated 5 in the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). GURU combines all necessary expertise needed for the scientific, administrative and financial coordination of DEMOLOGOS.


GURU brings together three research groups:

* CREUE - The Centre for Research in European Urban Environments: One of Europe's largest and most innovative urban research centres, CREUE has, 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 innovative 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.


Resources to be deployed for implementation of DEMOLOGOS:

The team who will work on DEMOLOGOS will consist of 5 scholars: Frank Moulaert has a long time experience in inter-disciplinary studies of socio-economic development at various spatial scales. He has used a variety of methodologies, including mathematical statistics, anthropological case-study work and holist comparative analysis of local and regional development experiences. Patsy Healey is one of the world's leading scholars in planning theory and practice. Her most recent work deals with institutional planning. She is on top of all multi-disciplinary debates on institutionalism. Stuart Cameron is a specialist in local planning issues, especially neighbourhood development and housing. His contribution will especially be useful as to the analysis of cohesion issues within the urban regions under investigation. Sara Gonzalez finishes her Ph.D. thesis on discourse analysis as related to the study of socio-economic crisis and restructuring strategies. A fifth GURU member with a multi-disciplinary profile in social science and spatial analysis will be hired to work full-time of DEMOLOGOS. The team will be completed by Abid Mehmood who contributed significantly to writing this proposal.







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