The Urban Futures research programme of the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning investigates urban issues in the context of an ongoing worldwide trend of increasing urbanisation.

Research

Urban Futures aims at better understanding the urban system and to contribute to the future success of cities by paving the way for the transition towards a socially and economically sustainable and liveable urban future. 

We educate the next generation of researchers, teachers and policy makers in our highly appreciated bachelor and masters programs. The department is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research (NETHUR) for PhD candidates. See also ‘teaching'

To continuously keep improving our teaching program and teaching of Geography in primary and secondary schools the department has a research group specialized in Geography Education and a course program for teachers in secondary schools. See also ‘research’

We actively participate in society via our expertise centre Urban Dynamics and Sustainability (ESD2). See also ‘expertise and services’

News

4 February 2019
Report and video registration of the Pathways to Sustainability conference 2019 with memorable keynotes by Diederik Samsom and Harvard Prof Sheila Jasanoff.
17 January 2019
Researchers of University Utrecht have received two NWO-WOTRO Joint SDG-grants for their resource on water management and mobility.
20 December 2018
Urban geographers Irina van Aalst en Kirsten Visser are researching if city's are still a good place to grow up in.
11 December 2018
Prof. dr. Irina van Aalst about 'Where do I belong? Children in multi-resident families: “Children of divorced parents are small city nomads”

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Events

E.g., 02/22/2019
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26 February 2019 19:00 - 21:30
Film screening with Q&A on Berlin's wastelands, or 'Brachen': unique areas that have developed from empty spaces into spots of spontaneous biodiversity.
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May
16 May 2019 10:00 - 17 May 2019 17:00
The Economic Urban Transitions (EUT) at the Department of Human Geography and Planning of Utrecht University is pleased to announce a second workshop on...
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