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Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

CURA researcher, Professor Jonathan Davies has piece featured on Times Higher Education website.


Join us on Wednesday 18 May for our workshop on Resistance and Alternatives to Austerity.


 CURA was delighted to host a lecture on the survival of cities by the world-leading academic, Professor Josef Konvitz.


Leading academics debate the future research agenda around local economic development & skills.


Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

De Montfort University has recently set up the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity. The centre, described by the Times Higher Education Supplement as the first of its kind, 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. 

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

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

The centre is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship on Securitisation in Urban Policy Making commencing in October 2016 - the deadline for applications in on Tuesday 29 of March.

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Professor Jonathan Davies


Professor Karel Williams


Professor Eric Swyngedouw



You can also read our blog or follow us on Twitter at @cura2015

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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