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Urban transformation

Urban Transformation – for a transition to climate-neutral and resource efficient economies

The transformation to a sustainable society involves a multitude of actors such as municipalities, businesses, public organisations and citizens, together advancing new knowledge and going beyond traditional ways to act. The research theme Urban Transformation focuses on how to develop policy, tools and approaches supporting effective urban governance leading to a sustainable society.

The research theme Urban Transformation is solution-oriented and supports policy-making processes as well as locally initiated energy communities. Focus in research is to analyse methods and tools such as collaborative dialogues, urban living labs, financing models, local regulations and innovation procurement for urban transition processes, with the purpose to improve social, economic and environmental quality in urban arenas.

Current research projects:


Community solar: participation, organization and regulation (SiG)

Massive Urban Missions: Advancing and Delivering Climate Neutral Cities (MUM)

City Bonds for Climate Smart Cities

Circular X: Experimentation with Circular Service Business Models.

Sharing Futures

Climate Neutral Malmö

NATure-based Urban innoVATION (NATURVATION)

Nature-based Solutions for Urban Challenges

Smart Symbiosis - collaboration for common resource flows

NEWCOMERS: NEWCOMERS (New Clean Energy Communities in a Changing European Energy System)

Resistance and effect - on the smart grid for the many people

Urban Sharing: Urban Sharing: Sustainability and Institutionalisation Pathways

Flexible electricity use in households: barriers, opportunities and effects

CLUE: Concepts, planning, demonstration and replication of Local User-friendly Energy communities

Walking with Energy: overcoming energy invisibility through research participation

TRANSFORM: Accelerating Sustainability Entrepreneurship Experiments in Local Spaces

Viable Cities

Implementation of Nature-based Solutions

Past research projects:

Property owners as prosumers - support structures and barriers

Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions (GUST)

Sharing Cities Sweden

Sharing and the City