Urban Research & Innovation Program

Program Long Term Goals

Advance a better informed understanding on complex issues and sustainable responses related to:

  • The interaction between technology, people, and urban challenges (smart cities)
  • Urban mobility challenge, which includes, but is not limited to transportation systems and modes.
  • Urban vulnerabilities (governance systems, socio-economic and environmental vulnerabilities, gentrification and inequalities, rehabilitation of spaces in urban and peri-urban areas, etc.)

Strengthen teaching and local research capacities in Urban Studies.

Current Partners

  • Agence Parisienne pour l Urbanisme (APUR)
  • Association Internationale des
    Maires Francophones (AIMF)
  • Anvaya
  • Council of American Overseas Research Center (CAORC)
  • ETH Zurich Future Cities Lab /Singapore Lab
  • Columbia University
  • Phnom Penh Municipality
  • Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
  • Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Université Paris 8
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • University of Florida
  • Worcester State University

We align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Three-Fold Approach​

  • We generate comprehensive and quality data sets that can inform urban program design.
  • We support the development of people-centered research that can help explain complex urban systems and behaviors, adopting a system thinking approach to understand the problem from multiple perspectives.
  • We work with multidisciplinary team of researchers and experts (sociologist, geographers, architects, anthropologists, engineers and economists) to better understand complex urban systems and dynamics at play.

Related Events

♦ CKS has been improving its library capacity to be more resourceful and accessible by all researchers and general users. A new collection on Urbanism & Architecture will be available for the search in the CKS library and its online catalog in the near future.

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