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Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures

SURF Ethos

SURF is committed to the production and dissemination of knowledge that adds value through informing meaningful and desirable changes in our cities and regions. It combines the rigour of an academic research centre with the client-oriented focus of a consultancy. It deploys knowledge to inform policies in ways that take the best of existing practices and builds upon them to support the achievement of sustainable urban and regional development.

SURF provides the space in which practitioners and policy-makers can reflect critically on the performance of policies. Key to this is the value placed on listening and learning processes that produce effective outcomes.

SURF’s work, funders and management structures reflect our ethos of academic excellence and policy relevance. In addition to more traditional academic research, we employ a number of different research methodologies to ensure that user engagement and interaction is, where appropriate, an integral part of the work.