Mistra Urban FuturesAn international consortium for transdisciplinary research on sustainable and inclusive cities
PRESENTING THE toolS
AREA of socio-ecological sustainability transformations
Sustainable and inclusive urban development
TOOLS for Knowledge co-production between scientists and practitioners
Co-design of pilot research projects
scientific METHODS for transdisciplinary knowledge integration
Comparative analysis between co-produced research in five cities
Presentation of the methodology of the 10 years project
Mistra Urban Futures was established in January 2010. Sited in Gothenburg, Sweden, Mistra Urban Futures was set-up to better understand the challenges and possibilities facing urban areas and to establish a world centre for sustainable urban development. It is funded by Mistra, the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the consortium partners. The centre itself is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology.
The centre has a two year build-up phase to develop and establish the centre. The objective of the buildup phase is to make the Centre fully operational by January 2012. This has both intellectual and practical aspects. Developing the priorities in terms of substantive content and methodological approaches must go hand in hand with building up a solid organizational, managerial and administrative structure, recruiting staff, finding a location for the Centre and developing an efficient communication strategy.
The Centre is now half-way through the build-up phase and has developed a solid structural base for operation. The focus in the next twelve months will be to further position the centre in the area of knowledge and capacity building for urban futures, in terms of the scientific profile as well as global and local relevance, and to recruit staff that will form the core team at the Centre.
Tools for knowledge integration
Calculation of Carbon impact of life style changes for various income profiles of Gothenburg households
The report ‘Klimatomställning Göteborg. Tekniska möjligheter och livsstilsförändringar’ (Low-carbon Gothenburg. Technological potentials and lifestyle changes), which was published in September 2013, generated much interest among both experts and the public as a whole. The English summary (Low-carbon Gothenburg) also generated interest at international level. This led the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (through Eva Ahlner) to fund an English version of the report.
Rather than simply translating the original report, we decided to develop the analysis further, partly because we ourselves had identified a number of potential improvements and partly to take account of the many useful comments we had received in response to the report. For this reason, we entitled the report Low-carbon Gothenburg 2.0 (the report is also available in Swedish with the title: Klimatomställning Göteborg 2.0. Tekniska möjligheter och livsstilsförändringar).
Jörgen Larsson (Chalmers) and Lisa Bolin (SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden) are the main authors of the report and are responsible for the majority of the work associated with it. The further analysis was, however, carried out in close consultation with Pernilla Hellström, Inger-Lise Svensson, Kristofer Palmestål at the City of Gothenburg, Berit Mattsson at Region Västra Götaland and Robin Sinclair at Chalmers