Urban(izing) University Strategic Planning: An Analysis of London and New York City

Urban Affairs Review

The relationship between the university and the city is evolving in an era of global urbanization, but what strategic priorities are universities pursuing to mobilize their expertise and assume critical leadership roles in this ‘urban age’? Recent research by Jean-Paul Addie, now published in Urban Affairs Review, demonstrates that shifting our focus from the place-based ‘urban university’ towards a relational understanding of ‘universities in urban society’ offers a more encompassing approach to capturing higher education institutions’ urbanizing functions. The study’s analysis of London and New York City suggests cities, global or otherwise, take stock of their higher education systems. Variations in university type, size, and institutional orientation have significant impacts on the potential to forge strategic city-university partnerships, but also open novel interfaces to mobilize academic knowledge and resources for sustainable and equitable urban futures.

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