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’


Zandzakken tegen overstroming van een straat in Praag
5 november 2019
An interdisciplinary group of scholars from Utrecht University contributed to a special issue of Water International on Flood Resilience of Private Properties.
7 oktober 2019
Are you doing research on cities and infrastructures at Utrecht University and looking for initial funding to collaborate with other disciplines?
Zandzakken tegen overstroming van een straat in Praag
9 september 2019
Romy Brockhoff wrote a bachelor thesis on the governance arrangements for rain induced floods in Utrecht.
20 augustus 2019
Development geographers look into the possibilities to revitalise shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants.




Bijvoorbeeld: 12/06/2019
28 januari 2020 09:00 - 17:00
Register now for the JPI ENSUF project FLOODLABEL, which is held at Utrecht Science Park on January 28, 2020.
28 maart 2020
Annual event for all alumni of Utrecht University