The Heseltine Institute brings together expertise to impact public policies for cities

About us

The Heseltine Institute’s mission is to be a non-partisan, internationally recognised research institute and thought leader, bringing together expertise from across the University and policy communities, to co-create, impact and influence public policies for tomorrow’s cities.

Our work focuses on a crucial contemporary challenge: the development of sustainable and inclusive cities and city regions in an unstable world.

We address the critical social, economic and environmental challenges which cities and city regions face through four pillars of work.

Research and thought leadership

The Heseltine Institute conducts research and leads innovative thinking in the area of sustainable urban development, specifically those policy areas deemed critical to the future welfare of cities and city regions.

Knowledge exchange

The purpose of the institute’s knowledge exchange work is to understand how researchers and external partners might work better together to embed research in wider communities.

Through deploying knowledge in fresh ways, we want to ensure the University’s excellent research adds value and has impact and influence on public policy.

Capacity building

Our third pillar is about building the capacity of the University’s faculties and postgraduate students to mobilise their work for public policy impact.

Evidence based public policy

At root, the Heseltine Institute is for better informed urban policy making. This pillar of work seeks to map existing city data, auditing the (small and big) data which is held in different institutions, noting the different ways it is collected, stored, analysed and visualised and considering the extent to which data sets are interoperable, shareable and scale-able. We will develop a plan to improve the city’s data infrastructure.