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’


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
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.




E.g., 06/21/2019
6 June 2019 12:30 - 13:30
On Jun 6th, Dr. Didem Danis will give a lecture about Migration governance and hospitality towards Syrian refugees in Istanbul.
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?