Urban Futures Open Research School – Apply to the spring course 

During the autumn a first course within the Urban Futures Open Research School started. Co-production in action - from practice to theory consists of two courses (2x7.5 ECTS). The autumn course has been full and now we open up for applications to the spring course, which is a continuation of the autumn course. 


The focus of the courses is co-production and transdisciplinary research as a way to tackle wicked urban challenges. Sustainable urban development is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Cities face major challenges such as climate change, large demographic changes, increased segregation and complex governance. The relationship between the urban and rural surroundings also affects development. These are challenges that cannot be solved by one organization or sector, cooperation is needed.

Co-produced research is an emerging approach. It addresses the complexity of these challenges by integrating different research actors into the same creative process. Actors from academia, practice, the business sector and civil society.

The outcome is a new kind of research which aims to be transformative, meaning changing present patterns of behaviour into more just and sustainable forms. At Mistra Urban Futures we have been have been working with co-production and a transdisciplinary approach since 2010. 

For PhD students and practitioners  

Co-production in action – from practice to theory course (2x7,5 ECTS) is divided into two parts. The first course started autumn 2017 and the second course will be held during spring 2018. Its directed towards you who are dealing with so called ‘wicked urban problems’ in your daily practice or who aim to address such current and future urban challenges in your PhD research, and who see the urgency for a transdisciplinary approach. This course gives insight into urban dilemmas from both practice and academic research perspectives and provides tools, methods and theory for transdisciplinary research.

About the spring 2018 course 

The second course starts spring 2018. Last day to apply is 1 December 2017. The course is carried out by Mistra Urban Futures/ Chalmers. Lecturers will be both national and international from the Mistra Urban Futures network. It’s not mandatory to have taken the first course held autumn 2017, however already admitted participants to the autumn course will be given priority.  

Apply here

Apply to the course no later than 1 December 2017

Read more 

Read more about the course Co-production in action - from practice to theory
Read more about Urban Futures Open Research School  
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Henrietta Palmer, Deputy Scientific Director, Mistra Urban Futures,
Elma Durakovic, Elma Durakovic, co-ordinator,