Leicester Urban Observatory

Leicester Urban Observatory is a collaboration between urban practitioners at Leicester City Council and academics at three local universities: De Montfort University, University of Leicester, and Loughborough University.

Our aim is to establish and develop a combined centre of excellence in urban studies and planning for Leicester.


We provide a shared platform for discussing urban issues from practical, theoretical, cultural and historical perpectives.


We facilitate events and projects in the urban environment.


We collaborate on joint research/study opportunities.


We share expertise and resources that add value to component partner programmes and activities.


We link with other professional networks and academic institutes and associations relevant to the urban agenda.

Urbanism in Focus

In October 2022, we organised Urbanism in Focus, a one-day exploratory event organised by Leicester Urban Observatory for LCB Depot’s Design Season. Academics and professionals came together to share ideas about Urbanism with different communities in Leicester.

City Series

Between 2016 and 2019, the Leicester Urban Observatory organised a series of public lectures focusing on the urban geography, history and architecture of the city of Leicester. The talks on a wide range of topics including disasters management, ecology, gentrification, health, landscape, social media and tourism were delivered by academics from the three universities, as well as practitioners and policymakers from the city council.

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