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SLU Urban Futures

SLU Urban Futures is a strategic platform that develops and strengthens transdisciplinary research, education and collaboration in sustainable urban development.

View over city with bridges over water.

Research 'scapes for sustainable cities and communities

SLU has broad competence linked to the many facets of sustainable urban development. Blue-Green infrastructure, biodiversity, design of urban landscapes and sustainable urban food systems are just a few examples. By connecting disciplines, faculties and sectors, the platform stimulates the new research, new methods and new collaborations needed to create sustainable future urban landscapes. Urban Futures uses the term research 'scape to highlight and support innovative and compound modes of knowledge production as well as inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration at SLU.

Getting our Cities Right #3 - Take-aways and summaries

The third conference in the Getting Our Cities Right series was organised at Campus Umeå in June 2023. Throughout this conference, we explored the concept of urban forestscapes, looking at the complex links between forests, cities and people. Read the take-aways and presentation summaries here.

Urban Forests

Urban trees and forests contribute to making cities socio-economically and environmentally more sustainable. This is a transdisciplinary field where the two platforms SLU Urban Futures and Future Forests meet. Together they are organising a webinar series on urban forests.

Trees in autumn colours and a person walking on a pathway.


UrbanScapes provides a gateway to SLU's palette of urban knowledge and networks. Created by SLU Urban Futures as a complement to the university's main SLU.se website, it facilitates access to the breadth of SLU work on urban sustainability. Click here to explore!

SLU Urban Futures seed funding: Living Labs

SLU Urban Futures issues seed funding grants to SLU researchers, teachers and PhD students to initiate and develop research connected to Living Labs in the urban context. The call is open to all researchers at SLU until the 12th of January 2024.


Published: 01 December 2023 - Page editor: urbanfutures@slu.se