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

A prominent role in research and academic inquiry

The institute’s objectives strongly coincide with UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Urban Futures aims to play an internationally prominent role in research and academic inquiry into sustainable social and economic urban development and the governance of cities. Urbanisation processes are studied both in OECD countries and in the Global South. From a methodological point of view, Urban Futures adopts a dynamic perspective, with an emphasis on flows and transitions, and conceptualises cities as systems of networks in which flows of people, knowledge, goods, and capital circulate.

Urban Futures research programme

The Urban Futures research programme is divided into two main research themes, Social Urban Transitions and Economic Urban Transitions. Together they cover four main research areas. Besides our Urban Futures Research Programme we make sure that our scientific knowledge is disseminated in our teaching programmes as well as in primary and secondary eduction in the Netherlands.

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Promotieplechtigheid Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht - fotograaf: Ivar Pel
3 July 2018
This PhD position is part of the European JPI-funded PhD project, PEN, that will asses the implementation of European-level and national food policies.
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1 November 2017
The Global Geo Health Data Center brings together clinical health scientists and geographers, combining health and the environment as a single subject.
14 July 2017
Future Deltas contributed to the LANDac International Conference 2017
15 March 2017
Jaap Nieuwenhuis on the research project Resilence and vulnerability in young people, seed money project of the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth.
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12 October 2016
All five lectures on scientific integrity are open to all staff and master students.

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