Tackling the Challenges of Global Urbanisation

The Future Cities Research Institute (FCRI) was established as a platform to bring leading academics from Sunway and Lancaster Universities together to tackle the challenges of rapidly growing urbanisation around the world. Building on the successful teaching partnership between Lancaster and Sunway, which stretches back to 2006, and now has over 5000 students studying programmes that lead to certificates being awarded by both universities, the FCRI is taking the Partnership to the next level. Launched in July 2019 by Sunway University Chancellor and Founder, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah and Lancaster University Chancellor The Right Honorable Allan Milburn, the FCRI will focus on finding workable solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. Focusing on areas of joint research strengths in Sunway and Lancaster, and building on the global networks of the two institutions, the FCRI brings together academics from many disciplines and backgrounds in a multidisciplinary approach.

The Institute is both a logical ‘next step’ in the development of the partnership between Lancaster and Sunway, and, much more importantly, an opportunity to help shape a better future. It inception is extremely timely as urban areas around the world are expanding at an incredible rate; and the UN has highlighted the future of our cities as a critical concern.

This FCRI will:

  • develop an innovative and agile portfolio of research, responding to the intractable challenges facing urban environments,
  • deliver critical step-changes relevant to local contexts,
  • examine new areas of inquiry that may include: design for healthy living; people-based infrastructures; night-time urban environments; urban food security, etc.



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