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Research and Graduate Studies

The School of Built Environment leads in high-quality and globally significant research across the fields of architecture and interior architecture, urban and regional planning, construction management, geography and cultural heritage. Student conduct research that addresses high-impact societal needs, critical technologies, the transformation of industry and evidence-based policy.

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SOBE’s Research Priorities

Cultural and critical inquiry

  • creative production as research, transforming identities
  • applied cultural and social research, societal needs
  • cultural histories and futures, ageing population
  • critical theories and practices, cultural heritage, meaning of place

New knowledge environments

  • using new tools and environments to analyse data and evidence
  • building digital solutions for productivity and sustainability, BIM
  • emerging new kinds of public space and urban solutions
  • rethinking interdisciplinary research, transforming industry


  • sustainable development, climate change impact on the built environment
  • sustainable cities, energy-food-water-transport-waste
  • sustainable buildings and construction
  • sustainability and productivity: sustainable livelihoods

Future practices

  • imagining the future of our built environment professions
  • speculating on the future of our changing disciplines
  • renewing our courses: the scholarship of teaching & learning
  • the reflective practitioner model, social entrepreneurship

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Our PHd Students

An indispensable part of our research activity is captured through our postgraduate and doctoral programs that are offered and supervised by globally recognised researchers who are working with industry

Research is committed to exploring and solving complexities and intricacy of the built and urban environments through new strategies of investigation and methodology. See our research priorities below, the courses we offer or find a researcher to further your study.