The Networks and Urban Systems Centre brings together multi-disciplinary expertise to explore the expanding frontiers of urban challenges and opportunities to improve quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability in our dynamic modern society.

The Networks and Urban Systems Centre was established in 2018 as a collaborative endevour between the former Centre for Business Network Analysis and the Connected Cities Research Group, both based in the Business School at the University of Greenwich.

The international team of NUSC members conducts high-quality academic research published in top scientific journals, organises and delivers regular and intensive training activities in both the UK and overseas, and provides consulting and contract research for public and private organisations.

NUSC expertise ranges from survey methods, social network analysis, network analytics and modeling, systems dynamics, transport simulation, statistics, business analytics, ethics, strategy and wider business ecosystems analyses, computational modeling to qualitative methods.

Mission

The mission of the Networks and Urban Systems Centre is to bring together multi-disciplinary expertise to explore the expanding frontiers of urban challenges and opportunities to improve quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability in our dynamic modern society.

Aims

The Networks and Urban Systems Centre aims to develop effective and sustainable solutions to:

  • distributed and overlapping production systems, e.g. IT clusters, health;
  • healthy and high quality urban ecosystems;
  • business models for technologically transformed social systems;
  • global value chains

What are urban centres?

Urban centres are essential points for economic activities and engines of economic growth. Significant societal challenges (demographics, urbanisation, climate change, resource crises and global competition) are creating diverse problems with different regional, political, legal, technical, and economic contexts. 

All these challenging areas for future successful cities cannot be easily answered from a single technical or non-technical perspective. Cities partner with industries, organisations and other cities and create complex networks that exchange information, build capacities, expand resources and enhance capitals of various forms.

What we do?

NUSC is an active academic player. NUSC members frequently speak in major international scientific conferences, publish in top international journals and are editorial board members of specialised and broad-audience journals. 

NUSC members also design courses and provide academic and corporate training in software and analysis, problem-solving and software consultancy, and research methods, supervise PhD students, present to corporate audiences and develop commissioned research in the UK and overseas.

NUSC is constantly looking to expand its academic and industrial collaboration network and open to different formats of collaborations such as joint PhD projects, research proposals or consulting. Contact us to discuss possibilities.