Urban Arena

Lund University

Post-doc position in the Naturvation project

A post-doc position is now open in the Naturvation Project, funded under Horizon 2020. The research is to be in the area of sustainable urban governance with a focus on nature-based solutions and innovation, and to be performed in close connection to other research projects at the IIIEE and other partners in the Naturvation project, e.g. the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS).

The application closes on the 29th of Januari at 11:59 pm.

Read more about the position here.

Advancing Sustainable Cities - Implementing Agenda 2030

On Thursday 1 December 2016, the Lund University Urban Arena hosted a seminar at the Sustainable City Development Conference in Malmö on the topic of implementing Agenda 2030.


Lena Neij coordinated the seminar and welcomed our six speakers Michael Woodbrige from ICLEI, James Evans from the Manchester University and Oksana Mont, Eric Clark, Marie-Claude Dubois and Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren from Lund University.

Interlinkages between Agenda 2030 and the realization of sustainable cities were explored along with the latest research and the key challenges.

The issues and possibilities regarding the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals were discussed from the perspectives of local governments and academia, from the viewpoint of densification of growing cities with regards to the public spaces and daylight accessibility, as well as the possibilities of urban sharing and collaborative governance as tools for sustainable cities.

The seminar concluded with a panel discussion which opened up discussions about the roles of different actors, conflicting interests and how to move forward.

Wake-up Seminar 9th of November – The Compact City, a Sustainable Paradigm?

The last Wake-up seminar of 2016 was held by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment on the theme of urban densification and its challenges.

Presentations were held by Catharina Sternudd, Gunnar Sandin, Mattias Kärrholm, Johan Wirdelöv, Maria Kylin och Misagh Mottaghi who within in an hour introduced the challenges of the dense city from various perspectives.

Aspects such as daylight in a denser city, places for children, the possibility for the public to partake in planning of the city, the risk of polarization as the city changes and the technical challenges posed by handling of stormwater were discussed.

One hour is however too little to cover it all and it was decided that an additional meeting on the topic of urban densification will be held. If you missed the Wake-up Seminar and want to take part in the next meeting, please send an e-mail to Sofie Sandin.

Urban Arena at Sustainable City Development Conference, 1st of December

The Sustainable City Development Conference is taking place in Malmö on the 30th of November – 2nd of December and Urban Arena will be there!


On Thursday the 1st of December between 10:00 – 12:00, Urban Arena will host a seminar called Advancing Sustainable Cities - Implementing Agenda 2030, where we will explore interlinkages between Agenda 2030 and the realisation of sustainable cities. The event will present some of the latest research, knowledge and experiences on sustainable cities and identify key challenges and needs of future research. 


The seminar is open for everyone, regardless of profession or workplacefree of charge and registration. 


Programme for Urban Arena's  Advancing Sustainable Cities - Implementing Agenda 2030.


Information about the Sustainable City Development conference.





Wake-up Seminar 11th of October - Sustainable Mobility in the Future

Last Tuesday's wake-up seminar was held by K2 - The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport – who presented their research on three new solutions for sustainable mobility.

First up was Joel Hansson who presented research on the regional super bus, a way to improve regional connections which may be both cheaper and faster than expanding the railway network. The regional super bus will offer the same comfort and reliability as trains through onboard services and adapted infrastructure for fast and easy travel.

Till Koglin presented research on bike-hire systems. Cycling is good for your health and the environment, and to provide rental bikes as an alternative and/or complement to public transport has been tested in cities. Bike-hire systems as an environmentally friendly alternative was discussed regarding the returning of bikes to hiring stations which commonly is done using trailers. The limitations of the system and the groups that benefit from it was also discussed.

Dahlia Mukhtar-Landgren presented integrated mobility services, a way of simplifying our everyday transportation. Integrated mobility services enables customers to plan their whole journey from start to stop via one single app. By seamlessly joining services such as time tables and tickets for public transport, booking of cars/bikes and parking fees, the integrated mobility services have the capability to simplify traveling and compete with private car ownership.


K2 is Sweden's national centre for research and education on public transport. This is where academia, the public sector and industry meet to discuss and develop the role of public transport in Sweden. K2 is operated and funded by Lund University, Malmö University and VTI in cooperation with Stockholm County Council, Region Västra Götaland and Region Skåne, and supported by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Transport Administration.

Wake-up Seminar 6th of September 2016 - Urban Flooding

For our second Wake-up seminar of 2016, The Division of Water Resources Engineering welcomed us to a seminar on the topic of urban flooding and their research project SUrF (Sustainable Urban Flood Management).

Rolf Larsson, Johanna Sörensen and Salar Haghighatafshar presented the issues posed by urban flooding and also the ongoing research on possible solutions and measures for mitigating the impact such as blue-green city planning.

Methods for modelling floods was presented by Andreas Persson, who illustrated ways to identify areas where measures could be taken to prevent damages and harm due to flooding. The final aspect presented was urban design as a tool to handle climate change, presented by Catharina Sternudd, highlighting multiple purpose areas which are adapted to holding temporarily stored runoff water.  


SUrF is a research project with researchers from Water Resources Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, Architecture 
and Built Environment, Risk Management and Societal Safety, the GIS-Centre and Swedish Institute for Food and Agricultural Economics at Lund University, as well as the Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö Högskola.

Here you will find some more information about the research project!

First Wake-Up Seminar of 2016 - Smart Sustainable Cities

Urban Arena is a network for sustainable urban development research at Lund University and is gathering almost 200 researchers. On June 15th 2016, an Urban Arena Wake-Up seminar focusing on the theme “Smart Sustainable Cities” was held.


Last year the Strategic Innovation Agenda “Smart Sustainable Cities was accepted, with Lund University and Urban Arena as one of the co-partners for the agenda. The next step in this process is work for a proposal for the Call on Strategic Innovation Programs. Lena Neij, coordinator for Urban Arena, presented the ongoing work with the application for the Strategic Innovation Program - Smart Sustainable Cities.


The work with Urban Arena is continuing this year with three more wake-up seminars during the autumn with the themes water, mobility and urban densification. Urban Arena will also participate at the Sustainable City Development Conference in Malmö, 30 November - 2 December. A call for abstracts is out for the conference with deadline for submissions on 15 August.

Wanted: more research stories!

Is your current research connected to urban sustainable development? Are you ready to share some of it with the world? We are looking for more research stories and news! 

Just drop us a line, telling a bit about your work, its key questions and purposes and any results that you may have. We’ll meet for an interview and the result will be published on our web and can be linked to from other sites and medias.

Interested? Contact assisting coordinator Sofie Sandin!

Read previous stories (in Swedish) here!