14 Jun

Undervisningshuset, plan 1, sal L, Uppsala

Conference: Getting our cities right #1: From critical urbanities to sustainable foodscapes

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Welcome to a conference organised by the future platform SLU Urban Futures. On the 14th of June, researchers, students and anyone active in, or simply interested in, sustainable urban development are invited to a day that elaborates on Goal #11 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” International speakers from several disciplines will talk about urban transformation as well as the relationship between urban planning and sustainable food systems.

“The future of our planet depends on getting our cities right”

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat


Our ever-growing urban areas are both responsible for the sustainability problems we face as a global community, as well as powerhouses for change. It is therefore crucial that we get urban areas on board in order to meet our global sustainability ambitions. 

On the 14th of June, the eleventh Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 11, will act as a portal to understanding the interconnected social, economic and environmental challenges we face. SDG 11 can also be seen as a docking station for connecting to the other SDG areas to envision how we facilitate transformative change.

The conference in Ultuna will hear from international speakers from a variety of disciplines, reflecting on the ideals, practices, policies, and processes that shape urban formation and transformation, from critical urbanities to sustainable foodscapes.

The day will begin with the launch of SLU Urban Futures’ collection of ‘Urban Voices’ reflecting on the recent pandemic, published as a dossier entitled ’ Urban Disturbance: From times of upheaval to spaces for change’ and published in ‘scape’ the international magazine of landscape architecture and urbanism #18. This publication sets the scene for our international keynotes who will follow the authors of the dossier and explore themes of public space and socio-spatial change in the Global South and North, urban planning and design, urban food planning, food security and urban communities. The afternoon will use food as a lens to view the city, exploring how food shapes the urban and how the city is a site of change-making for creating sustainable foodscapes.

See the full programme here: Getting our cities right - final programme.pdf


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Time: 2022-06-14 08:30 - 15:30
City: Uppsala
Location: Undervisningshuset, plan 1, sal L
Organiser: SLU Urban Futures
Last signup date: 10 June 2022
Price: Free of charge
Additional info:

This is the first event of a conference sequence where the next event will take place at Alnarp Campus in October this year.


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

Please note

  • The event will be conducted in English
  • Please remember to register so that the right amount of lunches can be delivered.


8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast mingle 

9:00  Welcome address
Karl Lövrie, Pro Dean at the Faculty of Landscape
Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science

9:05 – Introduction to SLU Urban Futures
Lisa Diedrich, Nina Vogel, Andrew Gallagher

9:15 – Launch ‘scape dossier – Urban Disturbance: from times
of upheaval to spaces for change
Lisa Diedrich & Andrew Gallagher

09:30 – 12:00 Keynote session #1: Critical urbanities: Negotiating
urban space in times of change
Lisa Diedrich, Professor of Landscape Architecture at SLU
& Director of SLU Urban Futures, Sweden

09:40 –  Whose city is it? The role of public space for
socio-spatial change
Flavio Janches, Architect and Professor of
Architecture and Urban Design at the
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

10:10 - Coffee break

10:20 – Urban commoning as emancipatory practice: socio-spatial relations and the urban commons in Stockholm
Nathalie Bergame, Doctoral researcher at KTH, Sweden

11:00 – The dilemma of expertise: Power,
justification and ambivalence in urban governance
Martin Westin, Researcher at the Division of
Environmental Communication at SLU, Sweden

11:30 –  Everyday food insecurity: Place-making
through community-organising
Megan Blake, Senior Lecturer at the
Department of Geography at Sheffield University, UK

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & mingle around book tables with ‘scape #18
copies and thematic publications

13:00 – 15:20 Keynote session #2: The city as a change-maker for
sustainable foodscapes
Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin, Professor of Landscape Planning at SLU, Sweden

13:10 – The rise of urban food planning
Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and
Development at Cardiff University, UK

13:40 – Urban space, participatory design and the
cultivation of food in New York
Carolin Mees, Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design, The New School University, New York City, USA

14:10 – Coffee break

14:20 – Public meals as a driver of sustainable food
production and consumption in Södertälje
Sara Seing, Head of Diet Unit Södertälje Municipality & Operations Manager for MatLust, Sweden

14:40 – Circular Economy perspectives on a sustainable food system in Gothenburg
Kristina Fermskog, Environmental Investigator at Göteborg Stad, Sweden

15:00 – Stadsbruk for local and organic food production: knowledge for a sustainable society in Norrtälje
Pascal Letter, Project Manager at Stadsbruk Roslagen, Sweden

15:20 – Re-framing the city through permaculture: An
introduction to Ultuna Permakultur
Max Whitman, Chairman and Founder of Ultuna Permakultur, Sweden

15:30 – Wrap-up and concluding remarks
Andrew Gallagher

15:35 – Tour of Ultuna Permakultur
Max Whitman, Chairman and Founder of Ultuna Permakultur, Sweden