Sustainable Infrastructures in Times of Scarcity: Improvements in Planning by Learning from the Global South


The project gathers relevant stakeholders in Sweden, Vietnam, Malawi and the US in a workshop to identify relevant areas for research collaboration on sustainable urban planning focusing on infrastructure. The project addresses the UN’s global goals on sustainable cities, transport infrastructures, and municipalities and regions’ need to develop partnerships on behalf of collaboration platforms for increased equity and democratic participation. The results of the workshop will form the basis for a complete application to FORMAS. The application builds on existing research collaborations with the University of Construction in Hanoi, and Malawi University of Science & Technology, Wayne State University, and Swedish municipalities.

Potential for developing Swedish social planning: cities in the Global North today experience problems usually attributed to those in developing countries, including increased socio-economic inequality and diminished state capacity. Attempts to minimize these gaps and build more inclusive societies is a global concern. Challenges set out in the SDGs indicate that a radical change in urban planning is needed. Infrastructure(s) is essential to these efforts. By taking into account scarcity as a concept, drawing on experiences from countries relying on planning models different to Sweden, the project contributes new perspectives on urban planning practice and scholarship.

Financing body: The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS)

Partners: The University of Construction in Hanoi, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Wayne State University, and Swedish municipalities.