Photo: Maria Eklind

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 Institute.

Rooftop Talks: Carolina Hicks

May 20, 2020

Meet Carolina Hicks, 2019 IUR Artist-in-Residence, who experiments with different media to force us to think about the relationship between global warming, class, racism, and privilege.

Photo Diary: The Redevelopment of Norra Sorgenfri

May 15, 2020

Six researchers from four disciplines at three universities study how social sustainability takes shape through the redevelopment of Norra Sorgenfri in Malmö. Take a look at this Photo Diary created by Erik Jönsson.

Rooftop Talks: Gernot Wieland

April 29, 2020

Meet Gernot Wieland, 2019 IUR Artist-in-Residence, who seeks to break down barriers between art and science.

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Upcoming Events

3 June

Space and Place in School Geography in Sweden

  • 12:00 - 13:00
  • Zoom webinar

Brown Bag Seminar David Örbring. Space and Place in School Geography in Sweden This Zoom webinar is part of the IUR Brown Bag Seminar Series. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please contact Defne Kadioglu to obtain the Zoom link.

3 June

The Urbanism of Exception? Investigating Panorama Tbilisi Mega-project (POSTPONED)

  • 12:00 - 13:00

Please note that this seminar has been postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Brown Bag Seminar David Gogishvili. The Urbanism of Exception? Investigating Panorama Tbilisi Mega-project This seminar is part of the IUR Brown Bag Seminar Series so feel free to bring your lunch. Check out the full program. If you don’t have access to the […]

17 December

Landscapes for Learning: Audiowalks as Critical Engagement

  • 09:00 - 12:00
  • Museum of Movements. Bergsgatan 20, Malmö

The Landscapes for learning-workshop will explore needs and possibilities having to do with audiowalks as tools for learning and other forms of critical engagements with urban spaces. The workshop will open up a space wherein questions can be raised, ideas can be shared, future projects can be identified, and collaborations can be suggested. The workshop […]

17 - 18 December

Workshop: Tales of a city

  • Museum of Movements, Malmö

This workshop has been postponed to December 2020 because of the Coronavirus situation. The information below has been updated to reflect the change but please contact Robert Nilsson Mohammadi ( if you have any questions. Please join the IUR’s workshop on narrative formation around the city of Malmö, and on narrative approaches to the study […]