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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.

IUR Workshop: Planning for Diversity

September 12, 2019

The first IUR Workshop will take place on October 4th. The event is free of charge but there are limited places.

Rooftop Talks: Carina Listerborn

September 5, 2019

An interview with our very own Carina Listerborn, Professor in Urban Planning and expert in feminist approaches, urban conflicts, violence and uprisings, and housing issues.

Markus Holdo: Guest postdoc from Uppsala University

September 2, 2019

While at the IUR, Markus will start a new project on collective action in marginalized residential areas in Sweden.

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Upcoming Events

18 September

IUR Brown Bag Seminar #8

  • 12:00 - 13:00

Presenter: Defne Kadıoğlu Title: Comparably Cheap? The Context to Berlin’s Housing Crisis 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 access to the 8th floor, please contact the IUR ( one day before […]

18 - 19 September

Keynote: Smart cities for city officials

Carina Listerborn will be one of the keynote speakers at Beyond Smart Cities Today, a symposium that will take place at the New Institute in Rotterdam.

18 - 19 September

Worlding smart cities: A view from Latin America

Claudia Fonseca Alfaro and Lorena Melgaço will present a paper within the panel Rethinking smart city scholarship at the Beyond Smart Cities Today symposium. Abstract: The potential and challenges triggered by the increasing use of digital technology in cities, the appearance of technology-driven models of urban development, and the growing popularity of the smart city […]

25 September

Alternative Urban Futures

Peter Parker will be a speaker at the event Alternative Urban Futures taking place at the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) in Amsterdam. The event includes the launch of two co-edited books: Enabling Urban Alternatives and The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces. In collaboration with Nina Vogel and Lisa Diedrich (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences […]

27 - 29 September

Bostadsvrålet 2019

Carina Listerborn will participate in three sessions (in Swedish) within the event Bostadsvrålet (Housing Scream). Om en ökande bostadsojämlikhet Söndag 29/9, Hökarängen. Konsthall C kl 10-10.45 Carina Listerborn presenterar boken Bostadsojämlikhet – röster om bostadsnöden (Premiss förlag) som bygger på ett femtiotal berättelser om hur bostadsmarknaden fungerar i praktiken och om de svårigheter som människor […]