Research fund agreed for ‘Digital Cities for Change’ programme

Dr Jennifer Schooling will be leading the programme

The Ove Arup Foundation has signed an agreement with the University of Cambridge for a four-year research programme leading to educational modules in Digital Cities for Change at graduate and executive level.

The research will address the disciplinary gulf between city managers, engineers and urban designers. The purpose of the research is to work towards a programme that trains built-environment professionals in a broader range of disciplines and tools, bridging infrastructure and city management solutions in order to develop the opportunities presented by the digital economy.

The research programme will address the gaps and identify the digital tools required to deliver a smart city which benefits the citizens it serves. The outcome will be a series of educational modules required to equip a new generation of built-environment professionals.

This programme will be delivered by a team of experts from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Jennifer Schooling (CSIC, Department of Engineering), the programme will bring together academics from the disciplines of civil engineering, land economy, architecture, geography, manufacturing engineering and computer science to develop capacity and capability within UK industry to design, deliver and sustain smart cities and infrastructure solutions. The research will not be confined to the UK, but will also develop international case studies.