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About Urban Futures

Centre for sustainable Urban Futures – Urban Futures – is an arena for co-creation between research and practice. We address complex social challenges in the context of urban development, to build integrated knowledge and capacity that can transform our cities and communities in a sustainable manner.

Research and practice in partnership

Urban Futures operates through a collaborative partnership between eight organisations in West Sweden, representing both research and practice:

  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
  • The City of Gothenburg
  • The County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland
  • The Gothenburg Region, GR
  • The Region Västra Götaland
  • The University of Gothenburg

Urban Futures’ partners cooperate combined to identify prevailing regional and local social challenges in the context of urban development, where new, integrated knowledge is needed to develop cities in a sustainable manner.

An arena for co-creation

Urban Futures facilitates joint knowledge production and capacity development for sustainable urban development. For us, co-creation is not a single method, but an approach that can be realized and implemented in different ways. It concerns the engagement of diverse actors to reflect collectively on, and purpose robust solutions to, reality-based, complex social challenges.

Board, Coordinating group and Office function

Urban Futures' activities are developed through a Board and a Coordinating group with representatives from the eight partner organisations, and a central Office function. The Office function is hosted by Wexsus – West Sweden Nexus for Sustainable Development. Wexsus constitutes a partnership between Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, and University West.