Professor Mike Jenks

Emeritus Professor in Urban Sustainability; Founder Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD)

School of Architecture

Mike Jenks


I am a multi-disciplinary researcher with key interests that relate to urban sustainability, especially the integration of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Specific research relates to the compact city and sustainable urban form, and intensification of development in urban areas.


My research expertise relates to the compact city and sustainable urban form including an influential trilogy of books (published 1996 and 2000), and in particular research into the relationships between environmental, social and economic sustainability in an urban context.

This expertise has been in considerable demand worldwide, advising various bodies in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. My research has been funded by organisations such as the EU, the UK Research Councils, and various central government departments, the Building Research Establishment, Leverhulme Trust Fund and Housing Research Foundation.

The significance of my research is best seen through its citations, which can be found in the links below.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Professor Emeritus, Urban Sustainability, Oxford Brookes University. 
  • Founder Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD).
  • Former President, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (est. 1833) 


Examples of some projects and funding

  • Invited to launch the OECD Compact City Policies Research in Paris and Tokyo.
  • City Form: India, - funded by British Council, EPSRC and Indian Government for network support.
  • Independent Evaluator for the UCL/UEL ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ – funded by HEIF.
  • Principal Investigator of CityForm: the Sustainable Urban Form Consortium – funded by EPSRC.
  • Creating Sustainable Cities – funded by Global Opportunities Fund, British Embassy, Tokyo.
  • Sustainable Development and the Management of Urban Form - NZ consortium funded by the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.