About our research

The School has an excellent reputation for the quality of its research. Designed to meet the current and anticipate future needs of the built environment. It boasts an impressive list of funders and clients covering UK and EU government, research funding councils and industry. Links with universities worldwide provide exciting opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges and overseas study. Staff engage in a continuous stream of interdisciplinary cutting-edge research and scholarly activities designed to meet the current and anticipate future needs of the built environment. 

Key areas of expertise and scholarship in the school form the following research groups.

These comprise substantial research arms of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), which was founded in 2004, and forms the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment. This gives us the ability to quickly assemble transdisciplinary research teams to tackle the major challenges affecting the built environment - such as climate change, resilience, energy efficiency, resource scarcity, infrastructure, investment, and productivity.

Research degrees

Research students play a vital role in the school and are integrated into all aspects of academic life.

Research Excellence Framework

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 97% of our research was judged to be internationally recognised and 100% of our research was assessed as having outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of reach and significance.

The School has links related to real estate and construction with over 80 universities in around 27 countries and works closely with both industry and practice.

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