Research into Action: Pathways to Societal Impacts

Senast ändrad: 25 oktober 2019

We capitalize our partnerships across local, national and international leading actors who are involved in policy making and implementation.

Together with our national and international universities and policy makers’ partners, we identify new research pathways to social impacts. We participate in global forums, we create opportunities to intensively discuss and exchange ideas between researchers, policy makers and practitioners on ‘Inclusiveness, Safety, Resilience and Sustainability’ with the society.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UN Habitat

We consider SDGs and the New Urban Agenda 2030 are great opportunities for Academia to ensure that research have effects that benefit sustainable development. Through our MoU with UN Habitat signed in November 2017, we share the research results to make our research work for the benefit of sustainable development.

Contributing to SDG11

SDG11, “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, connects all other goals to-gether. Our contribution to SDG11 scales up our research results and make them available to different end users at global, national and local levels. Through our partnership with UN Habitat we are member of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and we work closely with the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit. Through this partnership, jointly with participants representing national and local authorities, several UN agencies, development partners, civil society organizations and academia; we contributed to the development of the Guiding Principles for Urban-Rural Linkages. Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development, which consists of a set of globally applicable principles and many thematic entry points and pathways for implementation.


February 8-13, 2020 | World Urban Forum WUF10 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The World Urban Forum, convened by UN-Habitat, is the world’s most important conference on cities and an opportunity for thousands of participants to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned, and managed. The theme for WUF10 is "Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.”

May 2019 | We participated in South Africa Sweden University Forum SASUF in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

April 2018 | We initiated the Forum for Landscape Architecture in Global South - FLAGS with the aim to consolidate and make visible SLU’s significance for urban challenges in Global South; to facilitate the research platform SLU Urban Futures’ reaching out to Global South within the SDG11 and the implementation of New Urban Agenda 2030; and to explore Global South dimensions at Landscape Division in education; research; and collaboration.

February 2018 | World Urban Forum WUF9, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. We actively participated in several side events e.g. stakeholders roundtable organised together with the Global Land Tool Network, UN Habitat; Experts meeting for the Guiding Principles of Urban-Rural Linkages organised together with the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit.

November 2017 | We participated in the ‘Research Cooperation for Development’ in Dar es Salaam to celebrate the 40 years research cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania.


From the left: SASUF, Stellenbosch, South Africa in May 2019; FLAGS, April 2018; WUF9, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018; Research Cooperation for Development, Dar es Salam, Tanzania in November 2017.


For further information, whether you are an SLU academic or an external partner interested in getting involved, please contact Zeinab Noureddine Tag-Eldeen.