Mistra Urban Futures addresses one of today’s key societal challenges: How can sustainable urban development be achieved within our planet’s boundaries? The vision and mission are:
Vision: Sustainable urbanisation where cities are fair, green and accessible.
Mission: To generate and use knowledge for transitions towards sustainable urban futures through reflective co-creation at local and global levels.
Fair, Green and Accessible cities are core urban attributes underpinning the Centre’s work in drawing attention to the essential, albeit contested, characteristics of urban sustainability and how they are managed.
Fair Cities: Securing urban equity, social inclusion and urban commons.
Green Cities: Managing resource constraints, urban environments, ecosystems and climate change sustainably.
Accessible Cities: Promoting efficient and equitable access to urban qualities, opportunities and services.
As a research and knowledge centre, the contribution is to generate and enable implementation of knowledge that promotes sustainable urbanization. Reflective co-creation across disciplines and at local and global levels is the way of working. Researchers and practitioners from different disciplines work together in different research projects to find new critical insights and locally appropriate outcomes.
Jaan-Henrik Kain was research leader and member of the center’s management team.
Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd., the City of Göteborg, the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities, Region Västra Götaland and the County Administration of Västra Götalands Län, Maseno University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, African Center for Cities, and Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, Salford University.