focus area

Community & Housing


Cities bring together people from vastly different backgrounds, serving as hubs for diversity, innovation and experimentation. Likewise, they can also become spaces where conflicts and tensions can easily proliferate.

We, at Oxford Urbanists, believe that a strong sense of community can be strengthened through certain exogenous factors. We aim to promote the diverse groups that make the fabric of urban environments, namely by fostering place making and building more robust public services – all while ensuring that individuals can claim their right to a sense of place. 


As people move in or out of cities, the pressure on housing stocks increases or decreases from time to time. Many cities face crippling shortages in housing, forcing many of its residents to live without homes, or to commute for hours to get to work every day. In many cities, there is a misallocation of housing resources, with many empty homes coexisting with a large number of homeless urban dwellers. 

We aim to critically analyse these issues in order to promote efficient allocation of housing resources, while focussing on sustainability in the built environment.