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.

News

2 October 2018
Send in your innovative application for exploring urban sustainability transformations.
14 September 2018
Dr. Andrea Ascani has been awarded a Veni grant by NWO
7 September 2018
Having led the Faculty of Geosciences for over eight years, Piet Hoekstra intends to step down as dean from 1 March 2019.
Shanghai Ranking
5 September 2018
Utrecht University researchers are ranked second best worldwide in the Shanghai Ranking category Geography.

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Events

E.g., 10/21/2018
5 - 7
Nov
5 November 2018 10:30 - 7 November 2018 14:45
The integrity course lectures are open to all staff, the in-depth discussions in break-out groups are only for the PhD students that follow this course.

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