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Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity



Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

Described by the Times Higher Education Supplement as the first of its kind, the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity aims to build on our current research into austerity and related concepts and practices, such as crisis, resistance, resilience, renaissance and transformation, and bring together activists, students and academics working on these issues to develop new networks and projects. 

Our first major project is Collaborative Governance under Austerity: An eight-Case comparative Study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

To keep up to date with the “Austerity Governance” project, and the Centre’s other activities please visit our blog on

You can also follow us on twitter on @cura2015.

CURA launch event videos

The centre was formally launched at a workshop on 18 and 19 November 2015, with a keynote lecture by Professor Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester) and Professor Karel Williams (University of Manchester).  

During we interviewed the Centre’s Director Professor Jonathan Davies, Professor Karel Williams and Professor Erik Swyngedouw. Here is what they had to say:

Professor Jonathan Davies


Professor Eric Swyngedouw


Professor Karel Williams



If you would like further information about the Centre please email Adrian Bua or Jonathan Davies

CURA researcher featured on the Times Higher Education website 

Read the Times Higher Education piece on the impact of 'austerity politics' by CURA researcher, Professor Jonathan Davies here.

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