NEWS11 July 2019

King’s and University of Paris launch London-Paris study

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UK & FRANCE – King’s College London and the University of Paris have launched a joint research project to survey residents in the two cities.

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The inaugural study, a partnership with Ipsos Mori in London and Ipsos in Paris, will survey 1,000 residents in each capital about their perceptions of the cities, current issues, priorities for action and the future.

Fieldwork is planned to take place in September, with the results of the research to be published during November 2019.

The research aims to inform shared challenges, such as air pollution, affordable housing and the threat of terrorism, and foster common links between London and Paris after Brexit.

Professor Bobby Duffy, director of The Policy Institute, said: "This is our chance to find out what Londoners and Parisians think of their cities, and compare their priorities now and for the future. The study will look as much for similarity as difference between these two global cities and will help each learn about themselves from the comparison."

Findings will also inform the focus of future research programmes between King’s and the University of Paris, and offer context for the forthcoming 2020 mayoral elections in the cities, Duffy added.

The joint study is one of the first projects in a strategic partnership between the universities, signed earlier this week. Professor Funmi Olonisakin, vice-president and vice-principal international at King's, said: "This agreement will enable our two universities to build a new epicentre of research and policy engagement that will be in service to people of both cities."