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’


17 januari 2020
Prof Timothy Moss (Humboldt University of Berlin) will kick off the series on 4 February with a lecture on remaking the city through infrastructure.
15 januari 2020
Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Balland states that economic activities are increasingly concentrating in cities.
17 december 2019
Researchers, stakeholders, and other interested parties can submit a proposal for a small project in WCFD.
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.




Bijvoorbeeld: 01/29/2020
29 januari 2020 12:00 - 13:00
Dr. Michiel van Meeteren gives a lecture about The polycentric urban region's prehistory: A theoretical excavation of mid-20th century Dutch applied geography
28 maart 2020
Annual event for all alumni of Utrecht University