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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.

Grant awarded to study everyday racism and its relationship to consumption

November 6, 2019

Carina Listerborn, Paula Mulinari and Johanna Sixtensson have received a grant from the Swedish Research Council.

Two fully-funded guest researcher positions

November 4, 2019

The IUR is currently looking for 2 visiting urban researchers for a 1-month research stay at Malmö University during 2020. The deadline is 13 December 2019.

Two fully-funded one-month art residencies

November 4, 2019

The IUR invites artists for a 1-month research-driven residency at Malmö University during 2020. The deadline is 11 December 2019.

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Upcoming Events

15 November

City of Segregation: Housing and Neo-liberalism, Hegemony and Social Movements

  • 15:15 - 17:00

Open Urban Seminars Andrea Gibbons from the University of Salford, UK, explores how racial ideologies have come to play such a key role in property valuation and definitions of community in Los Angeles and the rest of the world. The workings of real estate-led economics and increasing neoliberalisation are highlighted by the hundred-year civil rights struggles […]

20 November

IUR Lecture: Dominika Polanska

  • 10:15 - 12:00

Public lecture: Contentious Politics and the Welfare State Dominika Polanska, Associate Professor in Sociology, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University Dr. Polanska will talk about her latest book Contentious Politics and the Welfare State: Squatting in Sweden, published by Routledge.

20 November

Praxis is the Doing

  • 15:15 - 17:00

Experimental lecture by Carolina Hicks, artist in residence at the IUR. (In collaboration with the School of Arts and Communication – K3) This event is part of our Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence autumn 2019 activities. Please check out the rest of the program here.

27 November

IUR Brown Bag Seminar #13

  • 12:00 - 13:00

Presenter: Markus Holdo Title: The Quiet Politics of Participating: Boundaries, Ethics, and Leverage (Please note that this seminar will take place in NI C1029). 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 […]

5 December

Who is telling the smart city story? Bringing feminist urban studies into the smart city research

  • 12:15 - 13:15

Carina Listerborn will present within the Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS) seminar series at Roskilde University.