Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living

The fifth Birmingham Policy Commission is exploring the case for and against cities being the most appropriate means for accommodating changing populations, demographics and societal needs within a UK context.

The fifth Policy Commission will explore the case for and against cities as the centres of population growth in the future, i.e. challenging the ideas that 70% of the world’s population should live in cities, and that the tendency should be towards megacities. Are cities still as relevant in a very rapidly changing world where new paradigms for trade, communication, manufacturing, food production and consumption, and work are changing our understanding of our urban environments. Is the growing concentration of the world’s population a potential enabler, or inhibitor, of dealing with the world’s problems?

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Urbanisation presents us with a wealth of new opportunities and huge challenges. It has the potential to further economic development and innovation, but also threatens to exacerbate key global problems, including resource depleation, climate change and inequalities. The Commission will explore whether there is a more sustainable alternative to cities for future urban living.

The Policy Commissions comprise a Chair and Academic Lead, together with a team of expert Commissioners who meet regularly throughout the Commission to refine the themes, take and deliberate  evidence and to agree and write the final output for the Commission.

The Future Urban Living Commission is chaired by Lord Shipley of Gosforth and is led academically by Professor Chris Rogers, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Resilience Research and Education at the University of Birmingham. The Commission team comprises experts drawn from the public, private and policy sector. Further details about the Commissioners are available here.

Lord Shipley discusses Future Urban Living
Lord Shipley discusses Future Urban Living