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The Centre is dedicated to advancing cutting-edge, internationally renowned understandings of the changing nature of urban society and space. Research undertaken within the Centre aims to develop and enhance theoretical understandings of urban space, particularly with respect to the impress of global consumer capitalism and changing media technologies.

The Centre, led by the Critical Human Geography research group in the University’s Department of Geography, focuses on the advanced theorization of cities. In particular, it is concerned with developing new conceptual approaches to aid in the understanding of our increasingly complex urban societies and their increasingly global constitution. Key areas of engagement and current research specialisms include:

• urban political economy and urban libidinal economy
• city cultures: modern and postmodern
• spatial applications of poststructuralism, actor-network theory, and non-representational theory
• global cities and world-city networks
• cinematic cities and mass-mediated urbanism
• urban visual culture and urban memory
• financial markets and financialization
• affective politics and political atmospheres

CUT Co-Directors

Professor Marcus Doel and Dr Richard Smith

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