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’


Wilco Hazeleger
11 March 2019
As of 1 July 2019, the Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Prof. Wilco Hazeleger as the new Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences.
6 March 2019
Researchers, stakeholders, and other interested parties can submit a proposal for a small project on Water, Climate, and Future Deltas.
Annelies Zoomers
1 March 2019
The NWO Executive board has appointed Prof. Annelies Zoomers as chair of the Steering Committee of WOTRO Science for Global Development
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.




E.g., 03/21/2019
16 April 2019 12:30 - 13:30
Please join us for the next Urban Futures Lecture on Tuesday 16 April 2019 on Speculative Policing
7 May 2019 16:15 - 18:15
Inaugural lecture by Veena Srinivasan, holder of the Prince Claus Chair for her research into sustainable and inclusive food production in Asian delta regions.
16 - 17
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...