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About the network

Our purpose

The Future City Centre Network is an international membership group that shares a desire to help make the downtowns of cities more sustainable, more liveable and more attractive places. We do this by:

  • promoting innovative ways that can help make city centres more sustainable, sharing examples of how new ways of working and thinking about the city centre can drive forward agendas that support net zero targets and support climate action

  • facilitating collaboration and partnerships, helping to build relationships through the network 

  • helping set future agenda through projects and research, enabling members to join research projects and to encourage collaboration between members

  • publicising good practice and encouraging shared learning, with this website providing insights to ways in which members and partners are transforming urban cores.

Membership

Membership is free and open to anyone who wishes to join in helping to make a difference in our cities. The FCCN is coordinated by Dr Robert Rogerson at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde to whom membership inquiries can be made - use the link below.

Members are encouraged to share their work and thoughts with the network, and will have opportunities to connect with others as part of FCCN.

Our story

This international initiative started in 2018 as a 2 year research project funded by the UKRI Arts & Humanities Research Council. It brought together academics, civic and commercial leaders, as well as citizens into conversation about the future shape and role of the city centre. Symposia were held in four cities across four continents – in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Brazil - to share experiences on how the challenges and opportunities faced by city centres are being addressed in practice and importantly to outline a vision of the future of the city centre. This research helped set the future research agenda for the FCCN, identifying key themes that are shaping the future role of the city centre in the middle of the 21st century.

Since then, our research has expanded and we are now engaged with more cities and citizens globally to capture innovative ways in which the city centre is being made more sustainable and resilient, and collaborate with city leaders to imagine and deliver vibrant downtowns.

The FCCN provides a key platform and forum for open debate and discussion about how this key urban space can be sustainable and contribute to societal and environmental grand challenges. It seeks to inform urban policy making and practice in designing city centres to be inclusive and meeting local needs whilst also being at the heart of regional economies. 

We welcome anyone who shares our interest and passion to help keep the city centre relevant - academics, practitioners, NGOs, community organisations, and citizens - to join with us as part of the FCCN. Use the form below to get in touch and help shape future city centres.

Let’s Work Together

Get in touch or join us so we can start working together.

The Future of the City Centre Network is a collaboration between 

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