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.


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’


4 June 2019
A new research programme will investigate pathways towards more inclusive and sustainable water planning in deltas in the global South.
Europa - een nieuwe geografie
23 May 2019
Geographers Ben de Pater and Leo Paul of Utrecht University wrote a book entitled Europa: een nieuwe geografie
18 April 2019
The Department of Social Geography and Spatial Planning is rewarded a grant for a research project on young refugees and asylum seekers in public spaces.
21 March 2019
During its 383rd Anniversary Day, Utrecht University will be conferring honorary doctorates on Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose




E.g., 06/25/2019
28 June 2019 14:30 - 15:15
PhD dissertation of X. Zhang
4 - 5
4 July 2019 09:00 - 5 July 2019 18:00
The 2019 Conference looks at land governance through the lens of transformations: How to support transformations that work for people and nature?
2 - 4
2 September 2019 09:00 - 4 September 2019 17:00
From 2 to 4 September 2019, the second international workshop in Economic Complexity, Economic Geography & Innovation will take place.