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SLU Urban Futures Open Call 2023 - Urban Healthscapes

Published: 22 March 2023

SLU Urban Futures' hub in Alnarp issues seed funding grants that support efforts to strengthen SLU’s interdisciplinary expertise on urban healthscapes. This call is open to all researchers at SLU, and closes on the 20th of April 2023.

The seed funding should be used for activities that support the development of transdisciplinary urban research and/or project development. The activities can range from arranging workshops, consortium building, writing literature reviews or writing funding applications. The funding is intended to develop the thematic focus on urban healthscapes at SLU and contribute to developing this discourse(s). Whilst the funding is not aimed at a specific funding call, the seed funding can support research proposal development for future calls.

The seed funding concerns research and consortium building that shows an understanding of the various levels of human-health environmental interrelations, taking a critical lens on status quo approaches with an aim to develop transformative capacities.

What are Urban Healthscapes?

Healthscapes refers to the interrelations between humans and planetary health nested into places and emphasizing the various conditions shaping human-nature relationships. The studies of Healthscapes aim at the promotion of a holistic view of health (mental, physical health and wellbeing) beyond the focus on disease. It explores the interplay between individual human experiences (ex: physiological, emotions, cognition, behaviour) and the cultural, socio-economic and physical landscapes. Taking an Urban Healthscapes approach can contribute to understanding the complex links between health and sustainable and equitable urban development, e.g. exploring the different geographical qualities that explain inequalities and risk factors; the place-based experiences of a specific social group(s) that shed light on issues related to health. 

Learn more about SLU Urban Futures' three research 'scapes here.

The calls are open to all SLU researchers and you can apply for 50 000 SEK per project.

How do you apply? 

1) Read the application guidelines here.

2) Fill out the application form and email this document to no later than 20th of April 2023. 

APPLICATION FORM - Urban Healthscapes Call 2023


A short report detailing your activities and outcomes using the reporting template (containing an Agresso economic report), as well as a (confidential) copy of your research proposal must be submitted to before 30th November 2023 or the funding will not be granted. The initial activity funded by SLU Urban Futures will be presented on our website, in a format approved by the applicant. 

The seed funding application should be submitted in English with an SLU researcher as main applicant

Assessment and decision

The proposals will be evaluated by the SLU Urban Futures Platform Director, respective Hub Coordinator and the platform steering group, which includes representatives from all SLU faculties. Any conflict of interest within the steering group will be handled according to SLU guidelines. 

Only applications meeting the requirements listed in the call will be evaluated.  

Applicants will be notified of the decision with a brief motivation from the evaluation group, approximately three weeks after the end of the application period. Approved applications will be published on SLU Urban Futures' website and social media. Applicants are responsible for announcing the outcome of the application to other participants in the project. 

For questions regarding the application, please contact: Amanda Gabriel,


SLU Urban Futures

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

Read more about the platform

SLU Urban Futures' regional hubs

SLU Urban Futures has three regional hubs based in Ultuna, Alnarp and Umeå. These hubs physically anchor the platform at each of SLU’s main campuses, creating opportunities for collaboration across faculties and with societal actors in each of the regions. 

Read more about the three hubs

SLU Urban Futures Open Call 2023 - Urban Forestscapes

The SLU Urban Futures Umeå Hub issues seed funding grants that support efforts to strengthen SLU’s interdisciplinary expertise on urban forestscapes.

Learn more about this call


Amanda Gabriel
Lecturer at the Department of People and Society

Telephone: +4640415233, +46735186432