We are helping cities to better understand the complex challenges they face, and support their transition to becoming sustainable, resilient and inclusive places with a high quality of life for all.
Contact the city futures theme
Hayley Shaw, Cabot Institute Manager
How Bristol 2015 helped us all see ‘green’ differently
Bristol became the UK’s first-ever European Green Capital in 2015. Making that relevant to everyone in such a big, diverse city meant finding innovative ways to engage and inspire as many different groups as possible.
Tackling the toughest urban questions
By 2050, nearly three-quarters of the world will be living in cities. How can we make these densely populated places resilient, healthy, prosperous and sustainable?
Unravelling the complexity of vulnerability, risk and resilience in flood hazard systems
We are becoming more vulnerable to natural hazards. Since 1950, the ongoing trend shows increasing losses from global catastrophes, but why is this?
Making cities more pollinator-friendly
As we face an increasingly urban future, we need to protect and cultivate greater biodiversity in our cities for the sake of people and pollinators alike.
Partnering with Bristol City Council to help build a sustainable future
The City Leap programme will create a healthier and fairer city for all Bristol residents, helping to de-carbonise the city, create jobs and empower communities to take their future into their own hands.
Tackling sustainability targets locally
In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were ratified by the UN’s member nations. But who’s going to take responsibility for making sure we achieve them?
Working together to improve infrastructure
The shortcomings of our urban infrastructure may be costing the UK £2 million every day. We know we need better value, but a lack of understanding is holding us back.
What we do and why we have impact
Our researchers apply their knowledge and expertise to help cities around the globe become more sustainable - particularly in terms of their energy use, emissions, biodiversity and food production.
In all of our endeavours, we understand that an inclusive agenda yields both a plethora of new solutions but also a collective will to action.
We have developed globally recognised smart city technologies and facilities that help us to understand the complex relationships between society and the built and natural environments.
We are helping cities to become more resilient through supporting whole system responses to natural hazards, environmental change and pollution.