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Centre for Urban Regional Ecology (CURE)
Part of the School of Environment, Education and Development

Welcome to CURE

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Since 2000 the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology has been working on ‘sustainable city-regions’ – the challenge of steering our behaviour, settlements and landscapes towards more sustainable futures. Read more about us.

If you are interested in finding out more about CURE, any of the projects listed on this site, or finding out more about Postgraduate research in the Centre, please contact us directly


Our Research

CURE is over a decade old. Clearly, the priority of environmental issues has increased in this period: but so have the scale of the risks and the challenges.

The concept of integrated city-regional policy and governance has continued to develop: there are more sophisticated tools and evidence bases to help in this, but also more realism about what is possible.

Funded by research councils, the EU, government and agencies, our research covers a wide range of themes with academic and policy relevance. Read more about our research agenda, themes and approaches.


The Centre has a multidisciplinary staff of academics and researchers.
The director is Dr Iain White.

Postgraduate Research

CURE has a thriving postgraduate research community. We welcome enquiries from prospective research students on any theme relating to our agenda. Please explore the our research and staff pages to see which staff members your research interests align with.