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What We Do

About Exeter City Futures

Exeter City Futures is an independent Community Interest Company that is working to help Exeter solve its urbanisation challenges in a way that reduces social inequality and contributes to economic growth. Our vision is to help Exeter live better, by creating a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive place for future generations by analysing and addressing the biggest challenges facing our city. We adopt a data-driven approach to city change by analysing current projects being delivered across the city and building a shared responsibility for delivering a better Exeter. By working with city organisations in this way we aim to bring coordination and focus to tackling the challenges we face in meeting our goals for the City.  

Our Goals


Member Organisations

The collaborative governance structure of Exeter City Futures brings together local government and the private sector to solve our challenges, through a single programme that delivers for all. The members of the board are:  

Devon County Council

“Devon County Council are delighted to be involved in this partnership, as it brings together organisations who can influence behaviour change on a city-wide level. We recognise that there are challenges ahead to support Exeter’s continued economic growth, while also promoting healthy, active lifestyles for its citizens.

Infrastructure is part of the solution but embracing technology, and testing innovative approaches to keep the network moving, will be the key to delivering a vibrant and successful city for the future.” - Transportation Strategy & Road Safety Manager, Devon County Council

Exeter City Council

Exeter is committed to a vision of the future which sees the city as one of the most sustainable in the world. The vision exhibits many of the sustainability features defined by the UN as crucial for cities, and aligns closely to the vision and mission of Global City Futures. Reducing congestion and enhancing mobility is a strategic priority for Exeter City Council, as outlined in the 2018 Corporate Plan. Exeter City Council have created a Programme Director role responsible for delivery of this priority, who is provided as Programme Lead within Exeter City Futures.

“The challenge of getting around Exeter is arguably the biggest practical challenge we currently face as a city, in terms of managing growth and making sure the City remains a great place to live, work in and visit. Exeter City Council is committed to improving traffic congestion and tackling other major urbanisation challenges facing the City. “One of the strategic priorities in our Corporate Plan is to tackle congestion. To deliver this we have partnered with key city stakeholders through Exeter City Futures.” – Karime Hassan - Chief Executive and Growth Director, Exeter City Council.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter combines teaching excellence with world class research and also has a major impact on the local, regional and national economy. We are a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities and a vibrant knowledge hub. As a large employer and economic contributor in Devon and Cornwall the University helps to support local growth and build on the region’s strengths and potential. Our reputation as a great partner for business has been earned through many years of successful collaboration.

"Although global in outlook, the University of Exeter is rooted in place. We are responsible for working with others to forge and deliver strategies that deliver economic growth and a high quality of life to the citizens of Exeter and the wider region. Nurturing and harnessing the skills, entrepreneurial talent, the capacity for innovation and scientific discovery of Exeter’s residents, our  23,000 students and 5,000 staff is central to this mission. We are delighted to be part of Exeter City Futures and the opportunity that this provides for our community to work towards a shared vision of a vibrant and successful city." – Chris Evans, University of Exeter

Exeter College

Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college which places teaching, learning and student success as our top priority. We enjoy an excellent regional reputation and were judged as outstanding by Ofsted in a full inspection in 2014.

“As part of Exeter City Futures, Exeter College is looking forward to supporting strategic initiatives to ensure that our city thrives and grows inclusively. We provide tertiary education for around 10,000 – 12,000 students from across Exeter and the South West, equipping them with the skills and experience that they need to succeed and to make positive contributions to our economy and culture. It is therefore really important to us that those who live, work and study in Exeter are able to travel around the city and access its facilities with ease and that their experience is a positive one” – Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal, Exeter College.  

Global City Futures

Global City Futures seeks to establish carbon-neutral societies across the globe through provision of consultancy support and project delivery to help cities deliver transformational change and build long-term capability to address current and future urbanisation challenges. They work directly with local authorities and civic organisations to help them adopt an analytical approach to creating change. Global City Futures also promote open innovation and co-creation approaches to developing solutions that begin with the identification of a clear problem to be solved.