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Centre for Digital Built Britain


The built environment shapes many aspects of our lives, from housing and travel to green spaces, healthcare and education. Our research programme aims to be a catalyst for change by building effective relationships between industry and the academic community, enabling the results of innovative research to become part of professional practice, harnessing value and informing the development of a digital built Britain that allows people and nature to flourish. 


A Multidisciplinary Approach

To understand how the buildings and infrastructure of the future can deliver better services and outcomes for people, we need to take a multidisciplinary approach. We need engineers and architects to work with economists, linguists, social scientists, neuroscientists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists – among others – to understand how data and technology can help us make better decisions. Our programme blends interdisciplinary expertise with a sustainability- and security-minded approach to help transform the built environment. 

Within these pages you will find the projects, people and publications that make up our research programme to date. 


If you know the project or publication you are looking for you may like to search with one of our directories, below. You can also search the site for reseach related to a specific research topic tag:

  • Knowledge Base Navigator - A visualisation and discovery tool for searching and cross-referencing our outputs by topic, audience, output type and more

  • Projects - Alphabetical list of current and past projects

  • People - Research team list

  • Publications - CDBB Publications list

  • Research Topic Tags - Site Search collection using research topic tags

Funding Calls and Research Engagement

When there are opportunities for research funding, they will be posted on the Funding Calls web page along with the details of past calls. We welcome engagement and so would encourage you to sign up for the CDBB newsletter to be kept up to date with our activities, outputs and events and also to contact us with any queries you may have.