The four-year international and multidisciplinary research programme on urban futures has launched its new website and youtube channel, featuring new video interviews with TSU researchers Lucy Baker and Jacob Doherty.

Lucy and Jacob were interviewed on their research - into smartcity mobilities and big data, and the impact of informal transport systems on inequality respectively - at the PEAK Urban Bangalore Retreat in April 2019. Their videos are now available to watch via the PEAK Urban YouTube channel.

The PEAK Urban programme aims to build skilled capacity for decision making on urban futures by: i) generating new research grounded in the logic of urban complexity, ii) fostering new leaders that draw on different disciplinary perspectives to address the challenges found in the 21st century city, and iii) growing the capacity of cities to understand and plan their own futures

In PEAK Urban, cities are understood as complex evolving systems that are characterised by both path dependency and the propensity to generate innovations in material forms, institutional arrangements, technology, culture and behaviour. Big data and mathematical models will be combined with insights from institutional social science, law, humanities and history to focus on three key arenas of metropolitan intervention: city morphologies (built forms and infrastructures) and resilience, city flux (mobility, dynamics) and technological change, and health and wellbeing.

Three PEAK Urban projects are underway at TSU:

  • Everyday Mobilities and Gendered Opportunities in African Urban Transport Systems: An Ethnography of 'Informality' (Dr Jacob Doherty)
  • Big Data Driven Transport Planning and Governing Practices in the Postcolonial 'Smart City': A Case Study of Bangalore, India (Dr Lucy Baker)
  • Transport Infrastructure, Accessibility and Everyday Life (Dr Juan-Pablo Orjuela)

Further Information

  • Project website:
  • TSU website project webpage:
  • For more information on this research project please contact Dr Tim Schwanen.