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Global Research Leader
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Research at Arup

Arup has spent more than 70 years at the forefront of the built environment design and engineering. Throughout our history, research has played a fundamental role in defining how we anticipate and leverage emerging business opportunities. Research stimulates new thinking, encourages collaboration and creates value through innovation.

To this day, research continues to underpin our ability to address client challenges across the public and private sectors. Each year, Arup engages more than 500 research projects with over 1900 Arupians involved.

Designing the future

We identify challenges, ask decisive questions and develop methods to create new and relevant knowledge that provides us with the cutting edge in a competitive and fast-moving marketplace. Our research portfolio showcases over 50 projects aligned to our six prioritised research areas.

How can we be better prepared for rapid urbanisation and the impact on cities?
How can we better manage water – from the supply of clean drinking water to understanding flood risks?
From low carbon vehicles to smarter transport solutions, what is driving innovation across the industry?
How will emerging technologies shape the future of the built environment?
How can we meet the ever increasing demand for energy?
How can we ensure our work is resilient to future challenges?

Our research philosophy

Applied research is fundamental to our pursuit of technical innovation and integral to the way we do business. It is the use of targeted thinking, analysis and experimentation to strengthen the firm and keep us moving forward. It helps us to respond to the changing needs of our clients and the communities we serve.

Research is, and has been, at the core of all that we do. Our investment in research gives us tools, techniques and methods to be able to lead in the domains we choose.

Chris Luebkeman
Arup Fellow and Global Foresight, Research and Innovation Leader
Digital twin: towards a meaningful framework

The potential value of digital twins across the built environment is enormous. Find out how a digital twin can help organisations make informed decisions about the design, management and performance of their assets.


The majority of our research projects are delivered in collaboration with external partners from academic, industry, the public sector and NGOs. Our researchers regularly work in partnership with universities, research labs and other businesses to bring together the best talent in the pursuit of technical excellence.

Global Research Challenge

Our annual Global Research Challenge explores some of the world’s most intricate challenges, both present and future. From regenerative design solutions to complex adaptive systems, the challenge aims to foster innovation and exploration on global challenges.

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