Global Urban Research Unit

Global Urban Research Unit

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Global Urban Research Unit

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

The formation

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