The Colombo Urban Lab is a collaborative and interdisciplinary space that enables connections between research, practice and public policy.

With a focus on key themes such as public space, housing, infrastructure, livelihood and food sovereignty, and rooted in ethical engagement with communities, the Colombo Urban Lab’s mission is to produce knowledge on equitable and sustainable cities in Sri Lanka. The Lab is an incubator for those driven by the desire to better understand and analyse the transformations taking place in our built environment. We work with researchers and practitioners across Asia to draw on and learn from comparative experiences and advocate for more research driven policy making where the life experiences of a city’s citizens and their aspirations form the basis of a city’s development. We work with State actors and community members to use innovative and inclusive tools of engagement and planning methods in the development process.