Urban Studies students experiment with research methods

Every year, master students taking the course Making Urban Studies are given the task to experiment with different research methods and forms of presentation in a project they design themselves. Having the opportunity to think outside the box, the results of the projects have been remarkable.  

Here are some of the projects presented in this year’s course:  

(you can visit last year projects here).

Jeongmin Hyeong and Severine Renard

Inclusive UDPs

We focused on the research question “How well do the new urban development projects (UDPs) in Malmö and Lund implement the principles of universal design? – Inclusiveness of the 3rd age”.

Using data collected through multiple interviews and online sources, a checklist was formulated and utilized to evaluate the Spårvägen and Southern Brunnshög areas. As the findings are published on a website with a format similar to that of an academic paper, the project can be more accessible without sacrificing structure.

Louise Eklund, Lina Kröger, Anna Stohr, Philippa Udén

Girl Gaze

Research shows that children of all genders demonstrate a similar set of behaviour when occupying urban space, but after turning eight girls are less likely to use the common urban spaces compared to their male peers. Girl Gaze is an explorative project on citizen dialogue investigating how to involve teenage girls when developing public places.

Erich Stüssi, Mariangela Pastorello, Nora Bittmann

Urban Traces of Food Delivery

Our research project resulted in a website that explores some of the many impacts that food delivery is having on our cities.

A rapid acceleration of food and grocery delivery services is happening, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing people to avoid public spaces and social life. As a result, food-delivery services are increasingly influencing both the spatial and the human landscape. We have chosen food as a central node of analysis as it shapes relationships – with people, spaces, and places. Food establishes networks, and food takes its own journey from production to consumption, to places in-between, touching every human and non-human aspect as it moves across.

Levan Amiranshvili

The footprint of neoliberal policy on Tbilisi

Since 1991, through neoliberal reforms, Tbilisi city tries to transform a post-soviet city into a modern one. Mass deregulation and privatization encourage investors to capture big public and meeting places. The article talks about three-sport facilities that ceased to function and were used as parking spaces after privatization.

Alexandre Gourret

The Swedish RURs TOD model of Falkenberg: Comparative study of the socio-spatial patterns in Falkenberg’s Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) and of the standards of the generic TOD model.

This article uploaded on a blog studies to what extent the standards of the Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) model can be used to predict the socio-spatial outcomes generated by TOD in Falkenberg. Using statistical analysis, GIS and interactive mapping, it is argued that Falkenberg’s TOD socio-spatial patterns differ from the standards of the generic TOD model in a way that may reveal a specific TOD model proper to Swedish Rural-Urban Regions (RURs).