Centre's Research Agenda

Centre's Research Agenda

Application of contemporary research methodologies within tested paradigms in carrying out investigations forms the basis of research. Our vision for research in the built environment is to transform ideas into solutions; and research into practice. The Centre promotes world class, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic research across topical areas in the built environment. The Centre promotes the development of human capacity in the built environment by integrating research across various levels of learning: undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development with a strong linkage to policy makers and practitioners. The Centre presents a holistic approach to solving both contemporary and future challenges of the built environment.

Research themes

Based on the wide experience of our partners in teaching, training, practicing and researching in the built environment, we have identified core areas of needs; where research would be required to urgently solve national problems. These are listed below:


C1.1 Priority Areas:

  1. New urban planning approaches
  2. Adoption of mixed methods in solving urban problems
  3. Anthropology and social issues in housing: tenure and tenure security, citizen orientation
  4. Promoting Mixed used development: Practice and design 


C2.1 Priority Areas:

  1. Tackling valuation variations in mortgage finance
  2. Database creation for house price index, investment analysis and planning 


C3.1 Priority Areas:

  1. Funding regeneration programmes,
  2. Community engagement methodologies: co-production, asset based community development etc.
  3. Mainstreaming informality into urban policy, practice and development control,
  4. Stakeholder management,  v. Contemporary intervention strategies for community inclusiveness, 
  5. Legislative and political context for policy intervention, 
  6. Analysis of mechanisms of using land/ property rights to finance urban renewal, infrastructure provision and new housing construction
  7. Strategies for adapting contemporary regeneration policy: policy transfer implications in specific case-study communities, 
  8. Managing informal and squatter settlements.  

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