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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Big data© iStockphoto.com/peterhowell
12 October 2016
All five lectures on scientific integrity are open to all staff and master students.
Marco Helbich
13 September 2016
Dr Marco Helbich has received an ERC Starting Grant for investigating the influence of mobility on depression and suicide.
Mangrove
7 July 2016
The Future Deltas Seed Money Call of summer 2015 resulted in six new Future Deltas projects.
29 June 2016
Six Game Research seed money grants were awarded to multidisciplinary teams of researchers.
LANDac conference
22 June 2016
LANDac International Conference ‘Large-scale land acquisition in the context of urban sprawl and climate change – linking the rural and the urban’

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