Reinventing cities for sustainable, healthy, prosperous and socially just urban futures.
The UNSW Cities Institute is independent and exists to develop new, long-term and integrated visions and roadmaps for the city. It drives impactful cross-disciplinary research from across UNSW and beyond to inform policy design and implementation. The Institute provides a research-driven education program.
Together with government, industry, education, community, local and international partners, UNSW Cities Institute leads the reinvention of our cities, advancing highly productive, sustainable, prosperous, healthy and socially just urban futures for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and globally.
The UNSW Cities Institute is an independent institute leading the reinvention of our cities, advancing highly productive, sustainable, prosperous, healthy and socially just urban futures.
The Cities Institute draws on UNSW’s trademark disciplinary depth, breadth and excellence across the built environment, design, economics, climate change, engineering and energy, health, social sciences and justice.
It works in partnership with industry, government and communities to ensure we are addressing and solving the most pressing issues in a joined-up way. It combines a future focussed innovative design and research agenda with deep connections to place and the region’s First Nations peoples.
UNSW Cities Institute provides access to world class research through an education program. A suite of products for city leaders across the globe will include a Master of Cities, Graduate Certificates, Diplomas and micro-credentialled short courses.
The UNSW Cities Institute is locally focused and globally orientated. Its cross-cutting themes are:
The Institute is based in Parramatta and led by Director Professor Peter Poulet, who was appointed to this inaugural position in February 2023. Peter's leadership will guide the Institute’s delivery as an independent entity working with government and industry to reinvent cities for sustainable, healthy, prosperous, and socially just urban futures.
An architect with 35 years of experience in the private, public and the university sector and a practicing and exhibiting visual artist, Professor Poulet brings industry, government, academic and creative capability to the role. His extensive professional background includes his current role as Central City District Commissioner for the Greater Cities Commission, delivering the NSW Government’s vision for Sydney’s future and his previous appointment as NSW Government Architect from 2012 to 2018.
The Institute has a commitment to knowledge transfer through education and innovation. We are developing a suite of educational products from a Master of Cities, Graduate Certificates, Diplomas and micro-credentialled short courses for city leaders across the globe.
Professor Claire Annesley, Dean, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
Peter Poulet has commenced his appointment as director of the UNSW Cities Institute with a mission to solve the biggest challenges facing our cities.
The Institute brings together diverse perspectives, expertise and experiences to solve the biggest challenges facing our cities.