Urban Arena

Lund University

Wake-up seminars - Save the dates!

Urban Arena is getting ready to start up, and we are looking forward to an exciting semester. We will host three Wake-up seminars during the fall, arranged around the thematic areas of the SIP Viable Cities.


The seminars will take place on three Tuesdays, at 8:30 – 9:30:

1. Integrated infrastructure  (26th of September)

2. Lifestyle and consumption  (3rd of October)

3. Built environment and mobility  (10th of October)

We welcome that you stay around afterwards to continue discussions. More detailed information about the seminars will be provided soon, save the dates!

The SIP Smart Sustainable Cities has just been relaunched under the name Viable Cities, and the first call for applications will open in the end of October. Please find more information from Viable Cities here (in Swedish). 

Our hope is that these seminars will provide possibilities to develop ideas and collaborations, leading up to applications within the SIP.  


We look forward to seeing you at the Wake-up seminars!



Workshop on Sustainable cities and ICT

Welcome to a workshop jointly hosted by Urban Arena and the City of Lund on the 7th of June! 


The workshop is a platform for matchmaking between researchers from Lund University, actors from the private sector and officials from the City of Lund, to come together to discuss projects and possibilities for applications within the SIP on Smart Sustainable Cities.


The theme of the workshop is Smart Sustainable Cities and ICT in the case of northeast Lund.

Participation is free, please sign up here at the latest Friday 2nd of June. 


Here you will find details and the agenda for the workshop.


We hope to see you there!

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.

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!