The Tropics is home to nearly half the world’s population, has rapid population growth forecast, and significant economic and social inequality challenges. TUDLab's focus is on developing research and design capability in areas related to urbanisation in the Tropics.

We assist the development industry, governments and non-government organisations by providing the most effective and appropriate solutions for urban areas to address the key challenges facing the tropical world. We pull together the capacity and multidisciplinary expertise of James Cook University research through links to local governments and industry. This way, we engage with industry and bridge academic knowledge and real-world planning and design endeavours.

Areas of Research


Aerial view of an urban area by night

Urban Design

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Urban bicycle rack

Sustainable Urbanism

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Pedestrian access across a bridge

Inclusive Urbanism

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Indigenous artwork

Indigenous Planning

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