We lead international research on cities and globalization, strengthening the theoretical base of global urban studies via new conceptual and methodological approaches for analysing cities and regions.

Home to the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network for over 20 years, our cities research is recognised internationally for theorising and mapping new geographies of globalised urbanisation, advancing the development of relational approaches in urban analysis, and its empirical depth.

Globalization and World Cities (GaWC)

GaWC was established as a research group in 1998. Since then, it has become an international research network and the leading academic thinktank on cities in globalization. Today, the GaWC website hosts over 450 working papers and as an online platform it is visited annually by researchers, students and practitioners in 150+ countries. 

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30th GaWC book – Music Cities: Evaluating a Global Cultural Policy Concept

Music Cities is the 30th GaWC book to be published. Other recent books include: Global City MakersMetropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance & Doing Global Urban Research

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Polycentric Urban Regions 

We are part of an externally funded international research network which through a series of events is establishing a renewed agenda for PURs research, culminating with special issues in Regional Studies (2021) and Territory, Politics, Governance (2022).

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Vulnerability to Extreme Weather Events in West African Megacities

Combining human and physical geography methodologies, Global Challenges Research Funded work has seen us successfully incorporate extreme weather events into city planning and service provision in West African megacities.

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Planning Regional Futures

Planning Regional Futures is an intellectual call to engage planners in critically exploring what planning is, and should be, in how cities and regions are planned. The book is published alongside a second volume examining Regions in Evolution – A History of Regional Planning.

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