UCL Grand Challenges


Our priorities

Over the coming years, the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities is going to prioritise work under a set of Priority Themes, as seen below, as well as leading on one pan-Grand Challenge Mega Theme - Transformative Cities.

Our future plans


The Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities is helping to support a range of activities at UCL during this academic year (2016-17):

Future cities

In the immediate aftermath of the critical UN Habitat III conference in October 2016, we will helping UCL academics respond to the big questions arising. What is the future of urban development? How can different models of local governance help or hinder the 'right kind' of development? And what will the cities of the future look like?

Rethinking Housing

Our work examining and understanding the housing crisis in the UK includes events, articles and academic discussions. We will continue to contribute to this debate by bringing together world-leading academics at UCL, from architecture and engineering, to planning and economics.