Smart Cities

Together, we will enable smart and secure cities, societies and cultures

The rapid pace of change in the world presents new challenges to our ability to adapt.

Increasing population size and density have an impact on housing, food supply, transportation, education and health. In turn, increasing diversity will influence cultural norms, notions of community and ideas of citizenship.

We are meeting these challenges with energetic research to create solutions.

The strategic research theme Human Dynamics in a Changing World encompasses how humans adapt to acclerated change. Cities that are smart, safe and secure, and possess a vibrant culture, will prosper and grow because they attract diverse populations looking for desirable places to live and work. 

Our scholars recognize and contribute to the vitality of national and urban cultures.

We turn smart cities into livable spaces. We analyze the multiple dimensions of poverty, urban growth and sustainable resource use. Together, we will forge solutions to new problems.

Research outcomes to benefit society

Fuel transformational change

$650 million

CFI funds University of Calgary research projects

Five University of Calgary research projects are receiving a funding boost that includes $1 million for vital equipment.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps universities attract and retain researchers from around the world. It gives them access to leading research tools.

CFI-funded equipment will be used to study five research themes including groundwater movement in the Alberta oilsands and Arctic Ocean carbon cycling, among others.

Gaining understanding of climate change

UCalgary geography professors Scott Jasechko and Brent Else have joined forces to tackle two sides of a research coin thanks to new funding.

Else focuses on marine waterways, while Jasechko looks at fresh inland water. Together, they are building a better picture of two of the earth’s most important life-support systems — the carbon and the water cycles — from the oilsands to the Arctic Ocean.

The CFI funding means at least a dozen graduate students will learn new research techniques over five years with opportunities for undergraduates to learn, as well. 

Research-in-Action highlights top issues

The Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series at UCalgary injects new research into public discussions of top issues.

The series brings together influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research in Canada and abroad.

The timing of these seminars coincide with the academic year at the university. The seminars run in the autumn and winter terms. They are held at least four times a year.

Analyzing media trends on hot topics such as oil and gas is one of many issues examined.

New ways to gauge media trends

Companies can gauge audience reception to emotional topics such as pipelines by analyzing social media trends and correlations between phrases used, according to new research.

The groundbreaking research was presented at an Enbridge Research-in-Action seminar hosted by the Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business.

David Mila, associate director of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability, says this topic was flagged by the energy sector as an area where they needed to have more knowledge.

Seeking housing solutions for the aging population

It’s estimated that by 2030 one in four Canadians will be over the age of 65. The growing seniors’ population will account for 80 per cent of housing demand in Canada.

Experts believe Canada’s house-building industry is underprepared. The aging homebuyer presents urgent challenges.

The Faculty of Environmental Design has teamed with the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Public Health to design and test a series of aging-in-place laneway house prototypes – that they hope will ultimately be brought to market.

Developing a new type of home for seniors

A University of Calgary team is spearheading development of a new kind of home to meet the demands of the aging homebuyer – and the families that support them.

The first prototype is an impressive 400-square-foot home, which was built inside the Faculty of Environmental Design over 12 weeks by a team of 10 students.

A second prototype is based on feedback from realtors, health care professionals, homebuilders and seniors, says Professor John Brown, Associate Dean of the Faculty. A third prototype is slated for fall 2016.

Join us in enabling smart and secure cities, societies, and cultures

Contact information

Kim Kadatz
Associate Vice President, University Development
403.220.7155
kkadatz@ucalgary.ca