Centre for Urban Development & Environmental Management

About Us

CUDEM (The Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management) is a Leeds Metropolitan research centre which provides a focus for the research of academics interested in planning, housing and human geography.

It offers an interdisciplinary environment for staff to engage in academic inquiry and policy-related research. CUDEM members undertake academic and policy-related research in the areas of spatial planning, urban governance and regeneration, green infrastructure, sustainability, and culture and heritage-based regeneration. 

Research projects

Projects undertaken for the European Commission, UK government, and regional authorities have provided agenda-setting research with significant contribution to the academy, policy and practice, while enriching our planning portfolio. CUDEM's research has developed a strong profile with publications and projects contributing to regional and national policy agendas. Similarly, our research work underpins our professional postgraduate provision and has made a significant contribution to the development of a more competitive local and regional economy. CUDEM's members engage in a range of scholarly activities, funded research and consultancy work. Projects over the last four years have included the following:

  • GIPSIL (Gipton Supported Independent Living) in Leeds, (2010)
  • "Big Things on the Beach". A Public Art Strategy for Portobello (2009-2010) (with RKL consultants)
  • SURF - Sustainable Urban Fringes, INTERREG, (September 2009 - 2012)
  • Partner in Distinctive Towns project (Yorkshire Forward) (2009) with Design Leeds (School of Architecture, Landscape and Design)
  • Partner in two projects lead by School of Health, Centre for Health Promotion Research - one based on the Healthy Towns (Healthy Towns Challenge Fund) and one on Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (2009) (Medical Research Council)
  • Partner in EU project on EU Regional policy (2009) (with (ERBEDU)
  • 'Northern Defence Industries Research', Joseph Rowntree Trust (with Praxis) (2007- 2009)
  • 'An Evaluation of the "Welcome to the North Public Art Programme", Yorkshire Forward,  (with the Policy Research Institute) (2007-2009)
  • 'Architecture Week - Options Appraisal', Arts Council England (2007 - 2008)
  • 'Spatial Scenarios and Orientations in Relation to the ESDP and EU Cohesion Policy', ESPON project 3.2  (2006-2007)
  • 'Territorial Dimension of the Lisbon/Gothenburg Process', ESPON Project 3.3 (2005-2007)
  • 'Sustainable Communities Skills Symposium 2006: Evaluation of planning, delivery and outcomes', Academy for Sustainable Communities
  • 'A Study of Green Infrastructure in the Y&H region', Countryside Agency, (2006)
  • 'The Possibilities for Success of the Sustainable Communities Approach and its Implementation', European Parliament Committee on Regional Development, (2006-2007)
  • 'Geoland', EU-funded FP6 Integrated Project, partner in Spatial Planning Observatory, (2005-2007)