Urban and Regional Studies

CURS researchers work collaboratively with Indigenous peoples, social movements, non-governmental organisations, industry and policy-makers locally and in the Asia-Pacific region, to address the spacial dimensions of human and environmental change and to help build spaces of possibility. Our work is engaged and collaborative, and aims to bring about positive outcomes for with the people/s and places we work with.

We explore the challenges confronting urban and regional governance and the prospects for creating just and sustainable urban and regional communities, economies and environments. We do this from geographical and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Through basic, applied and community-engaged research, CURS' researchers produce theoretically informed and empirically grounded understandings of:

  • the dynamics of urban and regional transformations;
  • the ways diverse locations, institutions and communities negotiate the challenges and opportunities posed by these transformations;  and we
  • contribute to learning to foster innovative governance and community responses.

Key achievements

  • Contributions to national and international debates on urban and regional change from geographical perspectives
  • Strong research engagements with community and government partners
  • A thriving community of post-graduate researchers

CURS respectfully acknowledges the Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal Nation on whose land our Centre is located. We pay respects to Elders, past, present and future and to Country itself. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land. We are committed to acting with respect in all aspects of our work. We also would like to extend our respects to the Traditional Custodians of all the places we live and work.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.