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Urban systems

By 2050, 66% of the world’s 9 billion people are expected to live in the cities. The increasing urbanization means that urban areas stand before a massive transformation in the years to come. While urban systems are facing severe challenges such as insufficient infrastructure, air pollution and social stratification, the fast and necessary urban transformation also brings with it a unique opportunity for developing our cities into sustainable and resilient systems.

This requires scientific expertise that is able to consider cities and their inhabitants from an integrated systems perspective, where decisions on how to improve infrastructure, buildings, waste and resource use complies with sustainable solutions for its inhabitants in terms of health, wellbeing and behavior.

On this page, we provide an overview of current urban systems-related research projects underway at UCPH.

Relevant research activites at the University of Copenhagen

The Centre for Strategic Urban Research is a research centre focusing on the development, management and quality of urban areas. The Centre carries out inter-disciplinary research collaboration comprising the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus School of Architecture and University of Aalborg.

Centre for Energy, Environment and Health (CEEH) is a collaboration between scientists from different research fields, with the mission to develop a system to support planning of future energy systems in Denmark, where both direct and indirect costs related to environment, climate and health are considered.

Changing Disasters is an interdisciplinary research project embracing all six Faculties of UCPH. The project investigates modern societies' interactions with disasters. The project is organised in three thematic clusters that cut across the traditional grid of scientific disciplines in 3 thematic clusters: Imaginations, Interventions and Transformations.

The Research platform on Environment and Change at Centre of African Studies attempts to capture the combined environmental and developmental issues related to Africa and their implications for Africans in diverse settings. One question being addressed is whether tourism can contribute to a reduction in poverty and protection of biodiversity.
ToRS Urban Studies Network is a loosely organized network of researchers at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) working with cities and urban issues within numerous disciplines, across a broad geographical expanse and within a deep temporal spectrum.

Previous projects

Some projects have ended, but the knowledge is still present at the University of Copenhagen. The researchers are adding to this knowledge as they continue their work on other projects.

The Citizen Driven Environmental Action Project (CIDEA) investigates how to involve citizens in immediate action against climate change. The research focus is on behavioural factors determining how Danish citizens get environmental information through their local communities. Also, the research aims at developing new IT-based solutions which enables the municipalities to inform, motivate and activate citizens in terms of enery savings and reduced private transport. Contact