Sustainable Cities Research Institute

Welcome to the website of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute, which is a research and consultancy Institute based within the School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. SCRI, which was created in 1997, is committed to developing effective, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to urban sustainability and urban regeneration though high quality research, publication and the public dissemination of knowledge. It promotes the principles of sustainable development by working closely with local, regional, national and international organisations through the development of innovatory approaches in research and policy implementation.

SCRI has developed strong collaborative links through a range of projects in the sustainable development, urban regeneration and governance arenas with other academic institutions, nationally and internationally; Government; the European Commission; European and national standards organisations; local authorities; business; industry; community organizations and environment agencies. Principal sources of funding include: the European Union, National Government, Local Authorities, Business and Industry, Funding Councils and Community and Voluntary Organisations.

SCRI operates as an interdisciplinary, cross-school Institute and as such is able to draw upon expertise from across the University. The Institute has considerable research experience in the fields of environmental policy, urban regeneration and urban sustainability, including work for the European Commission in developing the Urban Thematic Strategy. In addition, Institute staff have recently undertaken a series of substantial projects for the European Commission under Frameworks 5 and 6 with a total value of 2.4 million focusing upon local sustainable development policy and practice . We have also been awarded funding by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and other bodies to investigate a range of issues ranging from Polish migration to the UK to community energy policy and public engagement in renewable energy programmes. Full details of our research projects may be found here.



Professor Dave Greenwood
Professor Dave Greenwood (Associate Dean, Research & Enterprise in the School of the Built Environment) has been appointed Director of the Institute; this coincides with the move of Sustainable Cities Research Institute to the School’s new Postgraduate Hub within the Wynne Jones Building.

Professor Dave Greenwood
8th November 2008

Virtual Environment
Virtual Reality (VR) and three-dimensional modelling technologies have made major advances in recent years and can now offer an affordable way to prototype built environment projects and simulate cities and landscapes.

In response to this the Built Environment Visualisation Centre (BEVC) is being developed to systematically raise awareness of the potential of VR technologies to staff, students and academic partners of the School of the Built Environment. The multi-disciplinary nature of the School is resulting in an increasing number, and wide range, of applications of VR and three-dimensional modelling.

Students of architecture are beginning to apply 3D modelling earlier in the design process, students of construction are applying VR to communicate complex construction processes, and engineering students are linking three-dimensional modelling software with energy simulation software to predict the energy performance of future buildings. VR is also enabling visual impact assessment studies of renewable energy sources.

Future development in interoperability between visualisation and analytical technologies will foster further integration between architecture, engineering and construction, bringing together the multi-discipline teams of professionals necessary to design energy conscious buildings.
Further details of VR in the School of the Built Environment can be found at Virtual Environment Page