Mistra Urban Futures

With a growing proportion of the world’s population living in cities, urban environments need to become more sustainable. This requires knowledge across a wide range of fields, from sustainable use of water and energy to social issues. Within this research centre, researchers and practitioners are developing innovative solutions for engineers, architects, planners and economists, in both the private and the public sector.


  • Duration: 2010–2019
  • Mistra funding: SEK 171 million
  • Host: Chalmers University of Technology
Events during the year
  • A new platform was established in Skåne and the Manchester platform was extended to include Sheffield.

  • Margareta Forsberg was appointed as the new director of the Gothenburg platform. Her most recent role was as coordinator of the Socially Sustainable Gothenburg initiative.

  • The Centre arranged its first international conference on the theme of ‘Realising Just Cities’ and won the European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation (EFARRI), established by the European Foundation Centre (EFC).

  • Several of the Centre’s researchers attended the UN Habitat III conference in Ecuador and released new books.