The Geddes Institute for Urban Research is an interdisciplinary research institute within the University of Dundee whose aim is to provide a focal point and forum for urban research within the University. The purpose of the Institute is to bring together researchers from disciplines from across the University with interests in urbanism, and to bring together the different research cultures/methodologies represented by these disciplines, in particular the social science research methodologies of geography, sociology, and planning with the creative practice led research methodologies of architecture, art, and the design disciplines.
The Geddes Institute is a tripod with one foot in each of Architecture, Geography, and Planning, reflecting the research and teaching 'homes' of its three directors. Its board members range from interactive media design to history and sociology.
It aims to provide a structure for interdisciplinary collaborations by promoting:
- lectures, events, and symposia, and other forums that bring together researchers in relevant disciplines to share research interests and findings;
- collaborative, grant-funded, research projects involving social science research and practice led research, singly or in dialogue;
- publication and other dissemination projects;
- and jointly funded research studentships.
The institute is interested in recruiting post-graduate students from architecture, geography, planning, and from the arts and social sciences generally, at the M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels, who are interested in research in all aspects of urban design and planning, and urban theory and culture.