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Synthesis – mobilizing a powerful transdisciplinary format

In our second Urban Take-Aways we meet Jonas Bylund, research and innovations officer for JPI Urban Europe and programme coordinator for IQS. We make a deep dive into synthesis and explore what it means and how it can contribute to sustainable urban transformations.
Learn more about the Strategic Synthesis Project.

Don’t flush the secret to sustainable agriculture down the toilet!

In the apartment buildings of tomorrow, the lowly toilet is set to contribute to reduced emissions and more sustainable agriculture. A new system from researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) transforms urine into nutrient-filled pellets that could replace today’s mineral fertilizers.
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Creating sustainable urban communities – critical perspectives on sustainable urban development

The new theme of Urban Voices asks how can we reimagine cities so that they are better, safer, healthier places to live which directly enrich the lives of those who inhabit them? Taking into consideration the long-term transformation of cities and communities through the implementation of sustainability agendas, writers will explore how social, political, economic and environmental change affects different communities around the world.
The contributions to this round of Urban Voices reflect upon the normative challenge of defining a sustainable community, looking at what challenges and solutions this encompasses, who and what are included and excluded, as well as the impacts upon different localities and societies.
Carina Listerborn and Fredrik Torisson.
Smart housing: the future we (never) intended?

Carina Listerborn, Professor in Urban Planning at Malmö University and Fredrik Torisson, Researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Malmö University, reflect upon the smart city as an ideal in how we imaging urban futures. 
Read the feature
Max Whitman.
Ultuna Permakultur: challenging the status quo of urban development

Max Whitman, Co-founder and Chairman of Ultuna Permakultur, explains how the current concept of a city and its values undermine the very systems that we depend upon for survival. 
Read the feature
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Successful Climate Conversation at SLU

Almost 100 researchers and other staff at SLU contributed to the first internal scientific climate dialogue on April 29. It was the first in the series of climate conversations that SLU Global and the future platforms organise during 2021 and 2022. See the next upcoming event below.
Read about the first climate conversation
Wooden blocks with letters reading Save the date.

Climate Conversation's Open Seminar: 26 August

Save the date for the next Climate Conversation that will be open for both internal and external participants on August 26. The focus of this event will be on the IPCC AR6 WGI report 'Physical Science Basis'.

Keep an eye out on slu.se and our social media for more information!

Roofs in a shantytown with a blue sky.

Informal Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development: Towards a more inclusive urban agenda

On 14th September, 10:30-12:00 CEST, SLU Urban Futures and SLU Global will host a webinar with international speakers, exploring the dynamics of rapid urbanisation and environmental change in the context of informal settlements in the global south, asking how informal settlements form part of an inclusive and sustainable urban agenda.
Register here
Water jets from a watering can.

Five projects received funding from SLU Urban Futures open call for transdisciplinary research

SLU Urban Futures is pleased to announce the projects that have been awarded a seed grant in the open call of spring 2021. The five awarded projects have roots in faculties from across SLU and are designed from a multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary perspective in relation to the theme of sustainable urban development. The projects each demonstrate a connection to SDG 11, show-casing SLU’s capacity to produce urban research that is policy-relevant.
Awarded Seed Grants spring 2021
Image of the front page of Urbanscapes.slu.se.

Have you visited UrbanScapes?

A synthetic web that brings forward a selection of urban-focused work at SLU,
crossing faculties, departments and programs.
Visit UrbanScapes
Logo of the IUWC conference 2021.

SLU at the International Urban Wildlife Conference

The International Urban Wildlife Conference (IUWC) is organised every other year by the Urban Wildlife Working Group of the North-America-based Wildlife Society. This year Tim Hofmeester, researcher at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies in Umeå, participated.

Read more about the IUWC
Woman holding a book.

New book: Strategies for child-friendly urban planning

Read more about the book (in Swedish).
Trees and climbing ropes for children.

New facts about school and preschool outdoor spaces

A report and a fact sheet compiled and analysed by five SLU-researchers.
A man in yellow vest at a subway station.

Each city has its own typical microbial flora according to a new global study

An international consortium has reported the largest study ever of the microbes found on surfaces and in air in metropolitan environments around the world. Samples collected from public transport and hospitals in 60 cities were gene-sequenced and each city was found to have its own microbial profile.
Learn more (In Swedish)

Photo: Anna-Karin Lundin, Stockholms universitet
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New laboratory measures the human experience of the outdoor environment

People interact with urban environments and natural environments in many ways. In SLU Multisensory outdoor laboratory, Sensola, researchers can evaluate how the outdoor environment affects us. The lab is currently being built up and method development of how the technology can be used in real environments.
Read more about Sensola (In Swedish)

Photo: Caroline Hägerhäll, SLU

Upcoming events

- relating to sustainable urban development
  • 26 August - Climate Conversations Open Seminar
  • 13-17 September - The 2021 International Transdisciplinarity Conference (ITD)
     “Creating Spaces and Cultivating Mindsets for Learning and Experimentation”

     Learn more
  • 14 September - Informal Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development: Towards a more inclusive urban agenda - Register here
  • 22-24 September  - IOER Annual Conference 2021: Space & Transformation Learn more
  • 24 September - Att leva och bo med nya klimatförutsättningar - Hur ställer vi om? Learn more
  • 27-30 September - Ecocity World Summit - Urban Transformations for Natur-Based Solutions Learn more
  • 28 September - Visuella metoder – en möjlighet för att gagna social rättvisa i gröna urbana rum? Learn more
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