Mistra Urban Futures is an international centre for sustainable urban development. The purpose of the centre is to contribute towards making a real difference to the environment and to people's lives in the cities of the world. Practitioners and researchers cooperate closely to produce first-class, effective and relevant knowledge.

Mistra Urban Futures offers an arena for the development and transmission of knowledge, in which cooperation with business, interest groups and the general public is developed. The centre has four local platforms in Cape Town, Kisumu, Gothenburg and Manchester.

Mistra Urban Futures is financed by the research foundations Mistra and Sida, together with a consortium comprising: Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, the City of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR), IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, and the Region of Västra Götaland, along with joint financers on the various local platforms.


The Mistra Urban Futures organisation is made up of four local interaction platforms, spread in four cities around the world: Cape Town, Gothenburg, Greater Manchester and Kisumu. Mutual learning and development of the research centre's activites goes hand in hand with the outspoken focus on the research.

Mistra Urban Futures is governed by an international Board of directors and a consortium of Gothenburg-based public institutions, two universities and a research institute. The centre is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, which is also one of the consortium partners.

Administration is being handled both locally at each platform and centrally from the Secretariat in Gothenburg.

Read more about the Board of Directors, the Consortium and the four local Platforms.

Mistra Urban Futures Projects

Urban SDG and Habitat III in Sustainable Goals

Tel Aviv

The City of Tel Aviv has set up a citizen consultation online platform as part of preparations for Habitat III - see some recent articles from Citiscope.


Blog posts

Mistra Urban Futures blog

Local and comparative urban reserach can provide data that can be fed upwards and balance the usual top-down perspectives, David Simon writes. Read more

5 Oct, 2015
Global, Gothenburg
28 Sep, 2015
3 Sep, 2015
2 Sep, 2015
Funders and Consortium
Mistra Urban Futures is financed by Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and a consortium constituted by several organisations in the Gothenburg region, combined with key international partners.