Our activities at Urban and Rural Development

Last changed: 17 May 2021

The Department of Urban and Rural Development is a multidisciplinary department. In our research and teaching we focus on the societal aspects of SLU’s areas of responsibility.

At the department we share common interests in development, planning and communication for natural resource management and land use. Our research is grounded in social sciences, and humanities and landscape design principles, but is also characterized by interdisciplinary approaches in which natural sciences are important. The department is since 2015 environmentally certified against the international standard ISO 14001:2004.

Our latest Annual Report »

Cover of the Annual Report 2020.


The research subjects at the Department of Urban and Rural Development are:

Agrarian history 
Environmental communication
Landscape architecture
Rural development


The department carries the main responsibility for the courses at four programmes on Bachelor's and Master's level (all in Swedish):

Landscape Engineer Programme - Uppsala, 180 HP
» Website for the programme Landscape Engineer Programme - Uppsala

Rural Development - Societal change, 180 HP
» Website for programme Rural Development - Societal change

Political Science - Sustainable development, 180 HP
» Website for the programme Political Science - Sustainable development

Landscape Architect programme - Uppsala, 300 HP
» Website for the programme Landskapsarkitekt - Uppsala

and the courses at three international Master's programmes:

Environmental Communication and Management, 120 HP
» Website for the programme Environmental Communication and Management

Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation, 120 HP
» Website for the programme Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, 120 HP
» Website for the programme Rural Development and Natural Resource Management.

The department also offers courses in Bachelor's degree programmes in biology and environmental sciences, the other SLU agronomy programmes, the engineering programme in environment and water technology, the engineering programme in energy systems and in the two Master's programmes Sustainable Development and Environmental History.

Doctoral education

We also offer doctoral education in: Agrarian history, Environmental communication, Landscape architecture and Rural development. 

Research school

The department runs the research school Society and Landscape, to the research school website » 

External collaboration

Collaboration with actors outside the academy is an important part of the department’s activities and we have the following collaboration platforms:

Sida's Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change
SLU Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation
SLU Swedish Biodiversity Centre CBM

We work with issues in Sweden and Europe as well as in the Global South. To further the collaboration between the three research subjects in their work with Global South issues. We also have several Linneus-Palme projects for collaboration in teaching with universities in the Global South.

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