The Urban Futures Studio is devoted to the study of positive urban futures and of ways to get there. We investigate what we call ‘Techniques of Futuring’. We are a transdisciplinary institute; we conduct empirical research on existing practices, but also help to initiate experiments. We are convinced that new thinking starts in ‘crossovers’ between distinct disciplines, and in coalitions of new and old agents of change.


Photo of a dark planet earth with cities lighting up, photo by NASA
10 October 2019
Students of Utrecht University can apply for the 4th edition of the Mixed Classroom in period 2 year 2019-2020
8 October 2019
Prof Maarten Hajer of Utrecht University discussed 'The Netherlands after the sea level rise' in the tv programme 'Buitenhof'.
4 October 2019
Sanne Akerboom and Maarten Hajer talked about the energy transition and future cities on NPO Radio 1.
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Vanessa Timmer

Dr. Vanessa Timmer