How do we get our cities right?

Our ever-growing urban areas are both responsible for the sustainability problems we face as a global community, as well as powerhouses for change. Sustainable food systems, urban design, green planning of public spaces, circular economy and mobility are all important pieces in the 'urban sustainability cake'.

Getting our cities right: from critical urbanities to sustainable foodscapes

Social Inclusiveness and Health , Urban Design , Urban Food and Agriculture

On 14th June 2022 SLU Urban Futures brought together international researchers and practitioners to explore critical urban research and research on sustainable foodscapes. Here you can read the summaries from all the presentations.


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Rural areas and immigrant-dense urban areas - Two perspectives on inequality

Social Inclusiveness and Health , Urban Childhoods

(Report in Swedish) Trots ökad sysselsättning minskar levnadsstandarden i invandrartäta områden visar en rapport från Agrifood Economics Centre.


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Anthology: The eco-city Augustenborg - Experiences and lessons learned

Living Labs , Social Inclusiveness and Health , Urban Ecosystem Services

Augustenborg is a unique and successful example of socio-economic transformation in combination with ecological rehabilitation. The lessons and experience from Augustenborg can provide valuable insights on local implementation of SDG11.


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Mushrooms cultivation in circular food production

Urban Circularity , Urban Food and Agriculture

(Article in Swedish) Städernas matavfall kan bli odlingsbäddar för ostronskivling. Den köttiga koralltickan trivs på sågspån från svensk skog. Odlad svamp kan bli en nyckelspelare i så kallad cirkulär matproduktion, menar forskare vid SLU.


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Don’t flush the secret to sustainable agriculture down the toilet!

Global Urban Sustainability , Urban Circularity , Urban Food and Agriculture

In the apartment buildings of tomorrow, the lowly toilet is set to contribute to reduced emissions and more sustainable agriculture. A new system from researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) transforms urine into nutrient-filled pellets…


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Food waste to new food in an urban context – production, risk assessment and consumer acceptance

Method Development , Urban Circularity , Urban Food and Agriculture

The project focuses on the innovative use of anaerobically digested food waste, to allow urban production of healthy food such as oyster mushrooms and new types of leafy vegetables such as Pak Choi.


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Development of playscapes for children's nature encounters

Urban Childhoods , Urban Ecosystem Services , Urban Landscapes and Forests

I projekt efter projekt där lekmiljöer för barn skall iordningställas så ser vi hur leken undermineras genom att ytor med naturmark decimeras, vegetationen hålls tillbaka och konstgjorda material ersätter natur. Mot denna utveckling behövs nya strategier för att…


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Green solutions provided protection against flooding

Urban Biodiversity , Urban Design , Urban Ecosystem Services

(Article in Swedish) En unik studie från LTH och SLU visar att en ”grön ombyggnad” av ett bostadsområde i Malmö verkligen har lett till mindre översvämningsskador.


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Biodiverse: Urban Biodiversity

Social Inclusiveness and Health , Urban Biodiversity , Urban Ecosystem Services

(In Swedish) Tidningen Biodiverse ges ut av SLU Centrum för biologisk mångfald med fyra nummer per år. Nr 4 2021 handlade om urban biodiversitet - om urbana träd, gröna tak, dagvattenhantering, om framtidsvisioner och djuren runt knuten.


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