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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.

The IUR’s artist-in-residence program generates buzz

December 3, 2019

We continue with this exciting scheme next year. There are currently two positions available – the deadline to send your application is next week (11 December).

Master in Nordic Urban Planning mentioned in BBC article

November 26, 2019

Supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the two-year master is the first of its kind in Europe.

Lecture with Carolina Hicks

November 25, 2019

Praxis is the Doing was the title of the experimental lecture given by the IUR’s artist-in-residence Carolina Hicks.

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Upcoming Events

6 December

The Imag(in)ed City: The (Geo)Politics of Nordic Noir’s Televisual Place-Making

  • 14:15 - 16:00

Public lecture by Robert Saunders, Visiting Scholar at the IUR from Farmingdale State College (SUNY). Drawing on my previously-published analysis of Malmö as an imaginary created by The Bridge and then shifting to my more recent work on the Finnish city of Lappeenranta which serves as the backdrop for the series Bordertown, my presentation will examine the ways […]

10 December

Screening the Nordic City: The Politics of Place and Space in Contemporary Crime Series

  • 18:00 - 20:00

MEDEA Talk For many people outside Northern Europe, what they know about Malmö comes what they see on their television screens. The worldwide success of the Swedish-Danish crime drama Bron|Broen has come to serve as the main source of information about Sweden’s ‘southern capital’. Professor Robert A Saunders (State University of New York) will speak about his […]

12 - 13 December

State-Led Urban Transformation in Istanbul’s Informal Settlements

Workshop Changing Political Regime, Implications for Social Policy:Putting Turkey in Comparative Perspective Defne Kadioğlu will present State-Led Urban Transformation in Istanbul’s Informal Settlements. This workshop is financed by Stiftung Mercator.

16 December

Athens and Öresund Urban Social Atlases

  • 14:00 - 16:00

The IUR is developing an online Öresund Urban Social Atlas, a digital space that is accommodating to various formats of text and image-based research, and, to various audiences. One of the inspirations for this work is the Athens Social Atlas, edited by Professor Thomas Maloutas at Horokopio University. In this seminar Prof. Thomas Maloutas will present the Athens Social […]

17 December

Horizon Europe from a Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective

  • 14:00 - 16:00

Rickard Eksten, Senior EU Policy Officer at Lärosäten Syd —  the network of Universities in South Sweden — will visit Malmö University to give a talk about funding opportunities within the upcoming EU framework programme Horizon Europe 2021-2027. The focus of the talk will be from a humanities and social sciences perspective. This event is […]