With more than half of humanity already living in urban areas and the world projected to be in a process of ‘planetary urbanisation’, many vital societal challenges are now first and foremost linked to the urban context. It is in cities that the vision of a more just and sustainable future for humanity may or may not become a reality. The Centre for Urban Studies aims at facilitating the interdisciplinary, international, and societal collaborations that are essential to comprehend these challenges and realize this vision.
The Centre for Urban Studies connects more than 50 researchers and over 50 PhD students, bringing together urban scholars in human geography, planning, sociology, political science, anthropology, and international development studies. The Centre supports existing urban research programs and stimulates interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborative projects. By enabling international academic collaborations and science-practice interactions, the CUS stimulates the formation of global networks of urban scholars, practitioners and policy makers.
To stimulate new research initiatives, the Centre awards grants and provides funding to a wide range of projects and studies. Researchers in our postdoctoral program develop new interdisciplinary and groundbreaking research projects, Seed Grants support our members in developing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborative projects. Through our visiting scholar program and international workshops, we bring together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to collaborate and present work on today’s most pressing urban challenges. Talent travel grants facilitate PhD students at the CUS to travel abroad and develop ideas and international networks for the next step in their academic career.
In the period 2018-2022, the Centre especially focuses on enabling research aimed at understanding the implications of current developments for the viability of urban commons - a crucial condition for achieving a more just and sustainable future. The future plans and strategy are described in the Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022 (pdf).
Nearly all CUS lectures, seminars and other events are open to the public. An overview of upcoming events is available on the events page. Our monthly newsletter provides an overview of all new working papers, blogs and upcoming events.