Cities (Stadens rum) is a coherent academic knowledge environment at the Department of Urban Studies. It explores the relationship between people and the built environment from a perspective of sustainability. The focus is on the everyday use and lived experiences in relation to cities’ design and planning.


We are interested in issues of sustainability, governance, inclusion and participation, from the scale of the individual buildings to the urban and regional scope . Urban spaces, green spaces, domestic spaces, and cultural spaces are central to our education and research.
Our research includes a wide range of projects in housing research and sustainable urban development, and examples include:

  • public spaces and common areas
  • user-friendly built environment
  • housing use, design and the impact of changes in planning and building legislation
  • sustainable urban planning and sustainability in relation to smart cities and megaprojects
  • sustainable transport infrastructure
  • culture in the sustainable city
  • privatisation and gating of public spaces
  • temporary use of public spaces

Our research uses a wide range of methods from social sciences, ethnography, architecture and planning.


The knowledge environment Cities brings together programmes in: built environment, environmental science, and urban studies. The learning environment is creative and dynamic with several international partners and exchange opportunities. There are three bachelor's programmes, a one-year master's programme (in Swedish), two international master's programmes, and a doctoral programme in urban studies.

More about the doctoral programme


Cities participate in several international research networks:

Nationally, we collaborate on urban development and sustainability issues within the framework of a national network of planning programmes, and, through the City of Malmö, the Urban Academy. We also participate as experts in panel debates and reference groups.