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Future Cities Research Institute


About the Future Cities Research Institute

In a new and exciting joint venture between Lancaster University and Sunway University, we are creating a new, joint research institute in Malaysia.  The institute builds on existing strengths in Sunway and Lancaster, complementing the work of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, and capitalising on Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s pioneering leadership in developing sustainable urban environments. 

The Institute will maximise the impact of the wide variety of relevant, world-leading research undertaken at Lancaster University, and build on existing research collaborations between the two institutions. The Institute represents a logical ‘next step’ in shaping the agenda for future city development, and in deepening the relationship between Sunway and Lancaster, through its support for broad research themes and its core mission to train and empower PhD students specialising in relevant disciplines.


The Institute shall focus, initially, on two broad themes, namely Digital Cities and Sustainable Cities built around existing expertise at Lancaster and Sunway.  A third Theme, Liveable Cities, will be established later.