Urban Transformations Research Centre (UTRC)

Our Mission

The Urban Transformations Research Centre mission is three-fold:

  • To transform our communities and infrastructure into sustainable, equitable and resilient futures.
  • To deliver action-oriented research and innovation in partnership with industry and society.
  • To lead urban transformations research and innovation in Western Sydney and across the world.


Call for Expressions of Interest, partner with us. What could a ~ $250M project pool do to create new commercial opportunities for your company in three Australian cities, while enabling them to achieve their net zero targets?
The purpose of this publication is to provide critical insights and perspectives around how to tackle four of Western Sydney’s wicked urban challenges, and ensure our region is prepared for the future.
The Urban Transformations Research Centre addresses one of the greatest challenges facing humankind: making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.


Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch features in the New York Times, along with research by Thomas Longden addressing the 'heat islands' present in Western Sydney due to rapid urban development.
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch spoke to Inside Local Government on the upcoming comprehensive study of urban heat monitoring of Blacktown which he will lead.
Our director Nicky Morrison has published an article in The Conversation investigating the benefits and barriers associated with opening up waterways for recreation.