URSULA, finishing in spring 2012, was an exciting project investigating the sustainable development of urban river corridors.


URSULA is unique in that it tackles river corridor issues holistically by treating the river and its urban setting as a system. Throughout the project, we are developing innovations, tools and knowledge to help guide the regeneration of urban river corridors worldwide. 

Rivers have historically been at the heart of many cities. These potentially attractive and ecologically interesting urban spaces are now prime targets for redevelopment, offering the opportunity to create mixed use, high-density and high-quality communities.

Our research aims to test the hypothesis that: "there are significant social, economic and environmental gains to be made by integrated and innovative interventions in urban river corridors".


To find out more about the outcomes of the project please visit our outputs and our news pages. For an URSULA academic perspective on the project and the showcasing of some of the cutting-edge landscape visualisation technology used in the research see this video.