Shaping the way our cities balance growth, sustainable housing, transport and energy consumption has become a strategic focus for companies of every kind. Global businesses in energy, finance, technology and consulting are wrestling with the extraction of hydrocarbons from shale without damaging the natural and built environment. Do companies need to meet these challenges by acquiring and developing new expertise – new in nature and new in level? This paper explores what will be needed from higher education institutions if this is to be true.

The paper summarises the outcome of preliminary research based on interviews with the HR Directors of eight companies (b, all international, and either headquartered in London or with major UK arms based in London.

NCUB Green Papers are think-pieces intended to foster debate and discussion. They do not commit the NCUB to action or reflect the views of the Leadership Council, members, and funders.