Cities worldwide share challenges posed by the effects of urbanization and centralization. These relate to among other things smart growth and the challenge to reduce the environmental burden. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to urban planning.
Sustainable Cities and Urban Development
The Nordic thematic group for sustainable cities and urban development 2017-2020 aims to help to improve national, regional, local and cross-border strategies for sustainable cities. Find out more about the thematic group.
Small and medium-sized cities in the Nordic and Arctic regions
While researchers and policy-makers have mainly been interested in larger cities and urban regions, smaller cities have received considerably less attention. With this background in mind, this project focuses on small and medium-sized cities in the Nordic and Arctic contexts. Read more about the project.
Long-term planning for inclusive cities in the Nordic region
The aim of the project is to increase knowledge concerning different ways that small and medium-sized Nordic cities seek to overcome barriers for social inclusion in their strategic work and in various projects concerning urban development. Find out more about the project.
Transport for Regional Integration in Border regions (TRIBORDER)
The TRIBORDER project aims to analyze the potential challenges of planning and developing transport connections across the borders in the Nordic region. The project activities will contribute to the work of the Nordic Thematic Group for Sustainable Cities and Urban Development, 2017-2020. Find out more about TRIBORDER.
The compact city of the North – functions, challenges and planning strategies
The aim with this project is to increase the knowledge on city center development strategies in the Nordics, and especially concerning small and medium sized cities. Read more about the project.
The Impact of Participation: mapping and developing the scope, forms and impacts of the communicative turn in urban planning (TIPTOP)
There are various ways to create basis for good planning decisions. Today a key issue is how to involve and interact with citizens. However, there is still no empirical evidence on exactly how participatory practices influences planning processes, how frequently they are deployed and how they are designed. In view of the promises of the communicative turn, this lack of research is striking, and there is a clear need to elaborate how a democratic urban planning process can be envisioned and how current participatory practices can be developed. The purpose of this project is a) to provide a knowledge base derived from a systematic mapping of implemented participatory initiatives in order to reveal the mechanisms involved in achieving just, legitimate and efficient processes, and b) to enable a transfer between this knowledge and interventions in key planning institutions. Find out more about TIPTOP.
Södertörnsmodellen, stage 3
A shift towards economic, green and social sustainability in urban development demands new forms of collaboration between citizens, local authorities, businesses and the academia which adheres to local needs and preconditions. A lack of knowledge regarding these needs and conditions may result in actions and priorities in urban development that have severe social and economic consequences for society. Södertörnsmodellen envisions urban development that facilitates equality, prosperity and resource efficiency. Find out more about Södertörnsmodellen, stage 3.
Baltic Urban Lab – Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield Development
Regeneration of brownfield sites is often considered both an opportunity and a challenge by cities. The Baltic Urban Lab project develops and tests new ways of planning brownfield areas in Central Baltic region focusing on the potential of integrated planning and improved partnerships between public and private actors and citizens, also known as Public-Private-People partnerships or PPP-partnerships. Find out more about Baltic Urban Lab.
White Paper on Nordic Sustainable Cities
Nordregio takes part in a project of Nordic Sustainable Cities which sheds light one of the biggest global challenges – rapid urbanization. This White paper will form the basis of the Nordic Built Cities branding and storytelling effort. It should include 1) a core narrative, with 2) key elements and 3) illustrative examples. The white paper should be of high analytical quality, evidence based, systematic and rigours, and include international comparisons and benchmarking. Find out more about the white paper.
Sino-European innovative green and smart cities (SiEUGreen)
SiEUGreen aspires to enhance the EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities. Nordregio is leader of the work package: “Support to Institutional and Social Structures for creating resilient cities with urban agriculture” and contributes to other working papers as well. Find out more about SiEUGreen.
GRETA – Green infrastructure: enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services for territorial development
The collaborative ESPON project GRETA aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for enhancing green infrastructures to benefit territorial development in different European regions and cities. Find our more about GRETA.
RELOCAL (Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development)
Location matters. Where one is born and raised (still) determines to a considerable extent one’s opportunities and constrictions and it also impacts on one’s personality. After a long period of catching-up for most of the disadvantaged regions, inequalities among regions within Member States are now growing again. Find out more about RELOCAL.
The project analyzes the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the local level in the Nordic countries.
In September 2017, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) adopted the Generation 2030 programme that will facilitate co-operation on the challenges faced jointly by the Nordic countries in achieving the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about Agenda 2030.
ESPON COMPASS (2016-2018)
Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe (COMPASS) is an ESPON Applied Research Project, which will provide an authoritative comparative report on territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe. The project will substantially improve the knowledge based on territorial governance and spatial planning, and in particular, their role in the formulation and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy. Find out more about ESPON COMPASS.