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Welcome to the Institute for Urban Research

The Institute for Urban Research is a university-wide research centre that brings together all urban research at Malmö University.

Seeking to shape a collective identity for urban research at Malmö University, the IUR aims to create a research environment that clearly meets urban challenges across the globe.

The IUR is open to all research within the broad field of urban studies but has a specific focus on seven themes: housing and urban renewal, urban economics, mobilities, urban ecology, migration, social sustainability and smart cities.


Latest news from the institution.

Meet: The interns at the IUR

October 16, 2019

This semester the IUR is proud to host 7 interns working on a range of issues – from housing and integration programs, to smart cities and decolonial perspectives.

Smart cities team visits York University

October 15, 2019

They had the opportunity to share critical perspectives and discuss possible collaborations between the IUR and the CITY Institute.

Berlin artist first artist-in-residence

October 11, 2019

Researchers and artists who deal with urban issues have a lot in common, yet they rarely cooperate — something which Malmö University’s city researchers are keen to remedy with a new ‘Artist-in-residence’ programme.

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Upcoming Events

21 October

Urban Underground Spaces: Future Questions

  • 13:00 - 16:00

Workshop Marilu Melo Zurita (University of New South Wales) Urban underground space development is widely considered as an effective approach to help contemporary cities to achieve urban sustainability, resilience, liveability goal sand efficiency when it comes to service delivery.  We have organised this workshop to formulate question(s) about policy, governance, public engagement and investment, that will […]

24 October

Speaking of Places

  • 16:15 - 18:00

Performance lecture by Gernot Wieland, artist in residence at the IUR. (In collaboration with the School of Arts and Communication – K3) Please note that the time and place has been updated. This event is part of our Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence autumn 2019 activities. Please check out the rest of the program […]

28 - 1 October - November

Sustainable Planning Amidst Precarity: Lessons from Urban Africa

The project seeks to generate socially relevant research and catalyze relationships between educational institutions, civic organizations, and society. First, we aim to bring African researchers, city planners, civil society representatives, and practitioners into discussion on the practical and political implications of sustainable city. Second, although Nordic countries have been at the global forefront of planning […]

30 October

IUR Brown Bag Seminar #11

  • 12:00 - 13:00

Presenter: Hoai Anh Tran Title: Public space and the performance of property. The case of Apple’s attempted store in the King’s Garden Park in Stockholm This is a Brown Bag Seminar, feel free to bring your own lunch. Want to know more about the IUR Brown Bag Seminar Series? Check the full program here. If you don’t have […]

1 November

Survival Pending Revolution: The Black Panther Party, Intercommunalism and the post-capitalist Horizon

  • 15:15 - 17:00

Open Urban Seminars In 1971 the Black Panther Party (BPP) seemingly went through an ideological transformation. It built a strong support on politics of revolutionary armed self-defence and Marxist influenced anti-imperialism, but changed towards the idea of ‘Survival Pending Revolution’. Dr John Narayan, lecturer in European and Inter- national Studies at King’s College London, argues that […]