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 five regional platforms in Cape Town, Kisumu, Gothenburg, Manchester and Shanghai.

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 five local interaction platforms, spread in five cities around the world: Cape Town, Gothenburg, Greater Manchester, Kisumu, and Shanghai. 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 globally by a Board of directors and a consortium of Gothenburg-based public institutions and research centres. 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 Headquarters in Gothenburg.

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

Mistra Urban Futures Projects

New Chair of the Board

We are now happy to announce that the Mistra Urban Futures Board from January 1st is chaired by Thomas Rosswall. Read more

Blog post: From Gothenburg to Cape Town

Steve Connor on  how sustainability is governed in Gothenburg, Cape Town, Kisumu and Greater Manchester. Find it here

21 Aug, 2014
Cape Town
13 Aug, 2014
Cape Town
5 Jun, 2014
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.