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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.

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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. SLU Urban Futures uses the term research 'scape to make room for multidimensional knowledge production from a landscape perspective.

SOIL - Botildenborg

The Botildenborg Foundation in Malmö runs a farm and meeting place, combining urban gardening with social activities. Since the spring of 2024, SLU Urban Futures has been part of the project SOIL - a Social Innovation Living Lab, with the aim of increasing research and knowledge about the social innovations carried out at Botildenborg.

A woman and a man among cultivation beds.

Shaping our future urbanscapes

Save the date! On 18-19 November 2024, the fourth conference in the series ‘Getting our Cities Right’ will explore how emerging urban discourses define how we understand and respond to complex sustainability challenges. The conference starts in Alnarp on the 18th, and moves to Botildenborg on the 19th.

Food & Cities

Food & Cities is a collaboration between SLU Future Food and SLU Urban Futures and explores the systemic relations of food systems and urban development and how these relationships influence the transformation towards sustainable societies. 


Urban Forests on SLU Play

Since 2021, SLU Urban Futures and SLU Future Forests have been co-arranging a webinar series about urban forests, where different perspectives, areas of knowledge and research are presented. The aim is to include both breadth and depth, as well as to identify knowledge gaps for continued work with these important green spaces. See the recordings on SLU Play!

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Published: 08 July 2024 - Page editor: urbanfutures@slu.se