IUR researchers awarded funding to develop sustainable spatial planning practices and policies

  • April 22, 2020
  • Claudia Fonseca

Congratulations to our IUR-affiliated researchers Christina Lindkvist, Stephen Marr, Hoai Anh Tran, Chiara Vitrano, Guy Baeten, Chiara Valli, and the 2019 IUR Visiting Scholar Marilu Melo Zurita, who have been successful in securing funding from the Swedish Council for Sustainable Development’s (FORMAS) calls for Research Initiation and Planning for Transformation. According to FORMAS, the purpose of the Planning for Transformation call has been to fund projects that contribute “knowledge and solutions for developing Swedish spatial planning that supports the transformation to a sustainable society.”

Sustainable infrastructures in times of scarcity

Sustainable Infrastructures in Times of Scarcity: Improvements in Planning by Learning from the Global South (Hållbara infrastrukturer i tider av knapphet: Förbättrad planering genom lärdomar från Global South) is led by Christina Lindkvist and includes the participation of Stephen Marr, Hoai Anh Tran, and Chiara Vitrano. Research partners include the University of Construction in Hanoi, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Wayne State University, and Swedish municipalities.

Subsurface planning

Marilu Melo Zurita, who was one of the IUR’s 2019 Visiting Scholars and among other topics, studies underground urbanism, obtained funding for the project Societal values and consequences of integrating geosystem services into subsurface planning (Samhällseffekter genom integrering av geosystemtjänster i undermarksplanering). The project is led by Olof Taromi Sandström and is a collaboration between the University of New South Wales, the Geological Survey of Sweden (Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning), Chalmers University of Technology, the City of Gothenburg, and the Institute for Urban Research at Malmö University. Project participants: Guy Baeten, Fredrik Mossmark, Jenny Norrman, Victoria Svahn, and Yevheniya Volchko.

Housing policies and sustainability

Chiara Valli, postdoc at the IUR, received a Research Initiation grant to carry out the project Planning for equal social sustainability at the intersection of social policy and housing policy. The project is led by Stina Hansson, researcher at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University and includes the participation of Nazem Tahvilzadeh (Researcher at Urban and Regional studies, KTH), and Klara Öberg (CVHI, Halmstad University).