Sida Programme 2020 Summary
Mistra Urban Futures was established in 2010 to promote urban sustainability through transdisciplinary research and co-production of knowledge with local and global stakeholders. Mistra Urban Futures has successfully pioneered research and transdisciplinary collaboration in different urban settings such as Cape Town, Kisumu, Gothenburg, Sheffield/Manchester, Buenos Aires and Shimla breaking out of traditional silos to address concrete problems related to transportation, housing, waste management etc. The funding from Mistra ended, as planned, on 31 December 2019, and Mistra Urban Futures as a research programme was finalised (with some additional publications etc in Spring 2020).
However, Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, granted Chalmers (as host of Mistra Urban Futures until 31 Dec 2019) funding for a “Consolidation Phase” during 2020. This grant amounts to 10 MSEK.
The consolidation phase of the programme includes the following partners:
- Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) at Chalmers University of Technology,
- the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town, South Africa,
- the KLIP Trust in Kisumu, Kenya,
- other partners in Shimla, Buenos Aires, Sheffield, Skåne and at Royal Holloway, London.
The main objective is to extract, collect, reflect and help institutionalise good practices and share the findings of Mistra Urban Futures programme to relevant target groups. The expected outcome is that practitioners, urban policy makers, researchers and civil society in low and middle-income countries co-create knowledge and engage multiple stakeholders in solving urban problems that matter to women and men living in poverty.
By sharing and discussing findings with targeted stakeholders at local, national and global levels, and by strengthening the capacity of cities and research institutions we will substantially leverage the overall impact of the Mistra Urban Futures programme and contribute to the realisation of just cities.