Mistra Urban Futures

Doctoral education

Mistra Urban Futures

The sustainable development of cities and their surroundings is the focus of Mistra Urban Futures’ research. Through research conducted at four platforms around the world, Mistra Urban Futures aims to become a world-leading international research and expertise centre within knowledge production for sustainable urban development.

The world’s cities are becoming increasingly larger and more and more people are choosing to live closer to their neighbours. Living together is also a solution of the future, even if it currently places considerable strain on the earth’s resources. This is why cities must be developed to give more than they take.

The idea with Mistra Urban Future is to identify and work with new approaches and methods to provide politicians and others with tools, supporting information and research findings. One important aspect is for the knowledge to be practically applied and implemented to make a genuine difference. The aim is to produce knowledge and practical results through close co-operation between academia and the community at large, including the business world, the public sector and the city’s residents. The focus is on creating the prerequisites for fair, green and accessible cities – cities where all kinds of people can to benefit from their qualities and functions.

Mistra Urban Futures’ regional platforms are located in Cape Town, Kisumu, Manchester and Gothenburg, where the secretariat also is located in Gothenburg. The centre´s founder and one of its largest financiers is a consortium comprised of the City of Gothenburg, the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR), IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland and Region Västra Götaland. All organisations are deeply involved in the centre´s operations. Other financiers are Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency along with local partners at the platforms.

Two of HDK’s doctoral students, Helena Kraff and Helena Hansson, are part of Mistra Urban Futures research as they are involved in two of the projects. Both Kraff and Hansson have worked at the research platform in Kisumu, Kenya, where Mistra Urban Futures has set up two different projects under the titles Market Places and Ecoturism. Read more about their work by clicking on their names or the links below.

Find more info about Mistra Urban Futures here.