Audio description: Portraits of Jan Pettersson and David Simon.
​Jan Pettersson and David Simon, directors of Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development and Mistra Urban Futures respectively.

Joint collaboration on sustainable urban development research

​Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg have decided to continue to develop the research area sustainable urban development together. The joint centre Mistra Urban Futures is now getting a changed organisational form. Both Mistra Urban Futures’ Gothenburg platform and the international secretariat will be organized within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV.
Mistra Urban Futures is an international research centre that since 2010 conducts research on sustainable urban development in close cooperation between researchers and practitioners. Chalmers has since the start been the host of the centre which now engages about 40 partners across the globe. 

A future commission has investigated possible scenarios for the continued operations and, based on the Commission's report, the President and CEO of Chalmers and Vice-Chancellor of University of Gothenburg, have decided to continue investing in Mistra Urban Futures. The centre will continue to be a transdisciplinary research environment that addresses urban challenges in collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

The continued operations will be organised within the joint organisation of University of Gothenburg and Chalmers: the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV, which has extensive experience of conducting interdisciplinary projects, networks and activities.

"It is very welcome that Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg continues to invest jointly in sustainable urban development and that the work is now being organised within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development," says director Jan Pettersson. We work to promote collaboration between the two universities and we see many synergies with other projects within sustainable development that we run.”

Mistra Urban Futures is organised through a international secretariat and platforms in Gothenburg,  Sheffield-Manchester, Kisumu, Cape Town, Skåne and a node in Stockholm. The decision about the continued organisation means that both Mistra Urban Futures international secretariat and the platform in Gothenburg from 15th of February 2019 will be two separate, but closely collaborating, entities within GMV. 

“We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication that has gone into the report from the Future Commision that has enable this decision from Chalmers. We also look forward to the new possibilities of having both Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg committed as co-hosts for Mistra Urban Futures”, says David Simon, Director of Mistra Urban Futures. 

Read more: 
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV
Mistra Urban Futures

For more information, contact: 
David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures
phone: + 46 708 64 27 80

Jan Pettersson, Director, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV
phone: +46 31 772 4930

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2019. Modified: Mon 11 Mar 2019