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ISU – Urban Research Day – Sharing Creative Capital

30 november, 2016 kl. 08:002 december, 2016 kl. 16:00

Welcome to ISU Urban Research Day – Sharing Creative Capital

The Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (ISU) welcome you to our annual event: Urban Research Day. This year we join forces with Malmö Citys’ UN-Conference; “Sustainable City Development”, with the overriding theme “Local implementation of the UN’s sustainable development goals” which offer a programme with 11 different tracks. This year the theme of ISU – Urban Research Day is Sharing Creative Capital and the programme ties into these Sustainable Development Goals:

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ISU is a collaboration-platform between its mother-organizations; the City of Malmö and Malmö University. The Institutes’ work-format is unique with more than 10 years’ experience as an arena for co-operation/production between, academics and practitioners, researchers and civil servants as well as with private- and nonprofit sector.

As we stand on the brink of major changes in societal development, cities are finding themselves in an increasingly global context – the number of people living in cities is growing rapidly and we consider it necessary to co-operate on meeting these challenges and leveraging the opportunities. On a macro-sccale; between cities and countries and on a micro-scale in the everyday work life. We all need to be able to share. Share space, share life, share the urban democratic arena as well as to share creative capital.





RSVP before November 15

Note: Limited number of seats. First come, first served! We look forward to your registration, please note to register you need to be a subscriber of  ISUs newsletter



ISU – Urban Research Day centers on the role of ISU as a platform for collaboration and Malmö’s position as Sweden’s first research municipality in order to discuss the co-operation between the City of Malmö and Malmö University. To demonstrate collaboration that has delivered concrete results and why it works so well in Malmö in particular, along with the obstacles we have encountered. ISU Urban Research Day aims to inspire others for cross-sector collaboration.

Technical Visit

November 30th; 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm, Venue: Bus from Malmö Live

Lindängen – “Responsible Consumption and Production – In cooperation between local government and communities.”

Thlindängen_klippis technical visit is held in collaboration with the Culture Department of Malmö City’s track 7. “Culture and Sustainable Cities”.

The technical visit takes off from Anna Seravalli’s – Malmö University – research “Design and Social Innovation” and takes us on a bus-trip to Lindängen. A site-specific place for civil dialogue and how change can be achieved through collaboration. We will visit Framtidens Hus, Gatukraft, ReTuren, “Tvättoteket”/Trianon and the Cultural Department of Malmö City who presents and guides us through the Library of Lindängen and talk about their plans and visions for the new library.

Hosts: Clara Norell, Project Manager, Institute of Sustainable Urban Development, Magnus Metz, Development Strategist, Sustainable Urban Development, Culture Department of Malmö City.

Dialogue Seminar

Date: December 1st; 10.00 am, Venue: Malmö Live

Sharing Creative Capital

“Collaboration between the university and the municipality, research and practice – on regards to sustainable city development – why and how? A Malmö model”

The dialogue seminar followed by a discussion, with the speakers, audience and an expert-panel, will raise three important issues:

  • Why is it important for academics and practitioners, the university and the city, to collaborate? Moreover, in the Swedish context this also entails collaboration between the state and the municipality.
  • What concrete partnership/collaboration ties can we highlight as results of the ISU? That is, where has the partnership enabled results of significance? What were the circumstances? What qualities characterised the initiative?
  • Why does it work here in Malmö? What does not work? What challenges associated with success and benefits were encountered along the way?


Maria Hellström Reimer, Professor, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University


  • Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz, Pro Vice Chancellor, Collaboration with private and public sectors Malmö University, & Chair-person of ISU Board
  • Per-Arne Nilsson, Head of Urban development and strategy , Environment department, City of Malmö and ISU Board member.
  • Therese Jephson, Strategist, Planning, Environment, Culture, Leisure and Health, Skåne Association of Local Authorities – Kommunförbundet Skåne.
  • Magnus Johansson, Malmö University, Ph.D. in Pedagogy and Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the Department of Urban Studies. Research focus: theories and methods for co-production between researchers and practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development, also the development of structures for collaboration between academia and municipalities. Member of the management team of K2, Sweden’s national centre for research and education on public transport, and works part-time as the director of the Mistra Urban Future Skåne Local Interaction Platform.
  • Sebastian Mehling, MA European Studies & International Affairs, Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Comparative Political Sociology, European University Viadrina. He studied ISU (2012-2014) within his PhD on cross-sector collaborations between academia and non-academic partners. He will present some of his findings to explore how the people engaged in cross-sector initiatives conceive of their cooperation, what their motivations and their causal assumptions are, as well as their understanding of opportunities and limits of such collaborations.
    Based on Sebastian’s research on ISU, there seem to be three major questions that need to be recognized within cross-sector collaborations:
    – What kind of knowledge do we want to produce – professional academic, public or policy relevant knowledge?
    – Who should participate and how – focused but exclusive or inclusive and broad audiences?
    – What organizational form or identity should our partnership have – network, platform, club, or issue organization?

Expert Panel

Date: December 1st; 11 am, Venue: Malmö Live

The dialogue seminar followed by a discussion, with the speakers, audience and the Expert Panel:

  • Margareta Rämgård, Malmö University, RN/ Bachelor midwifery/MSSc, Ph.D Human Geography, Senior Lecture, Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, Department of Care Science. Collaboration, external relations and research: Member of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor’s External Relations Committee, Malmö University and executive member of the ICPHR (International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research).
  • Jonas Alwall, Malmö University, Dr. Theol., Sociology of Religion and former so-called ISU Gränsgångare.
  • Fiona Winders, City of Malmö, Development Coordinator: Department for Area Development: South District. Fiona has worked with area renewal with a strong community development focus in both Liverpool and Malmö.  Between 2010 to 2015 Fiona was coordinator for one of Malmö’s five area programmes, Lindängen, which is also the arena for a number of collaborations between the municipality and various research initiatives.
  • Christina Scholten, Malmö University, Ph.D. in Human and Economic Geography, researcher at K2. Senior Lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.

Lunch: 12.00 am – 1.30 pm at Eatery Social, Malmö Live

Time to visit the conference exhibitions 

Round Table Discussions

December 1st; 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm, Venue: Malmö Live

During the afternoon we welcome our audience to join us in a two hour work session, around four round table-discussions. Each table contains a specific theme described below and is moderated by keynote hosts from the University, the City, private- and non-profit sector. You will get an opportunity to participate around all tables.


Round Table Discussion I

ISU Gränsgångare – boundary-agents – A Malmö Model

This roundtable discussion ties in directly to Sebastian Mehling’s presentation and is held in collaboration with the Environment Department of Malmö Citys’ track 6. “Our sustainable future seen through 10 years of local and global experiences”.

gränsgångare_peterparker_isuIn 2012 the ISU introduced four so called “Gränsgångare”—literally ‘border crossers’ or ‘boundary-agents—as a new approach to initiating cross-sector collaboration between the Malmö City and Malmö University. These “Gränsgångare” are employed by either the municipality or the university. Facilitating and exploring new and more systematic forms of collaboration; ISU Gränsgångare pioneer an interdisciplinary culture of team work.

Today ISU includes 9 Gränsgångare representing Malmö City and Malmö University. Gränsgångare; synonymous with ‘commuters’ but also in this context with the intermediary negotiator; hyphenated trans-actors as to emphasize the material trans-location and trans-lation included in their task; the development across cultural, disciplinary or administrative boundaries of ‘boundary objects’—prototypes or provisional artifacts facilitating communication.

The purpose of this round table discussion is to explore the function of ISU Gränsgångare by discussing the opportunities and challenges aiming to ultimately arrive at a practical vision of border-crossers/boundary-agents as a tool for the establishment of a collaborative culture across sectors. We will include all participants to reflect on how the concept of boundary agents could potentially be applied as a working model in other cities and/or organizations.


Sebastian Mehling, Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Comparative Political Sociology, European University Viadrina, Jonna Sandin Larkander, City of Malmö and ISU Gränsgångare,  Charlotte Pettersson, Malmö University and ISU Gränsgångare, Johan Emanuelson, Head of Strategy Department, Malmö City Planning Office, Vice President of the ISU Board.

Round Table Discussion II

The joys and pains of establishing a culture of co-production 

This round table discussion ties in directly to the Technical Visit and is held in collaboration with the Culture Department of Malmö Citys’ track 7. ”Culture & Sustainable Cities”.

thejoysandpainsofcollaboration_rundabordssamtal_isu_urbanforskningensdagIn the paper “The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s essential role in public planning”, Jon Hawkes puts forward the idea of culture as a system of values upon which society as a whole is based. Among the values that might become a new set of core values underpinning planning, he mentions participation, engagement, democracy, creativity, imagination and innovation. These could all be related to the idea of co-production – of bringing together concerned members of a community to explore, create and produce something. This view of culture as something that concerns participation, involvement, security and trust is also put forward by the Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö, which also stress the importance of collaborative learning between actors with varying perspectives.

Co-production might be rewarding but it also presents challenges regarding power relations, roles and ownership. In this roundtable discussion, we will begin with the case of ReTuren, a local upcycling station in Malmö, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of co-production. ReTuren is an example of an emerging culture of co-production in Malmö where projects are developed in collaborative efforts between public, private and third sector organizations.

The purpose of this round table is to discuss this emerging culture of co-production, considering matters such as:

  • What does promoting a culture of co-production among civil servants, academics, NGOs and citizens entail?
  • What incentives and barriers do people engaging in co-production face in its day-to-day practice?
  • How is power and ownership distributed and who is allowed to participate?


Maria Collings, Director ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urban Development,  Anna Seravalli, Ph.D, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University,  Annika Sevrell, Head of Department Waste, VA Syd, Jörgen Andersson, Framtidens hus, City of Malmö, Mina Sharifiyan, Gatukraft

Round Table Discussion III

Kommunförbundet Skåne – Forskningskommuner – Skåne Association of Local Authorities – Research Municipalities

A closer relationship between research kfsk2and practical application is necessary to address the challenges in the public sector. New working models and ongoing research on methods to strengthen the collaborations between researcher and public sector is an ongoing development, nationally and internationally, and one way towards practical relevant sustainable societies. This round-table discussion will focus on how municipalities co-operate with researchers as part of their strategic development towards sustainability The purpose of this round table  is to discuss what we can learn from existing models and forums developed for collaboration between municipalities and researcher?

  • What are the key challenges and benefits with a “bottom up” perspective where practitioners influence research ideas?
  • Do researchers need stronger incentives to collaborate with practitioners?


Therese Jephson, Research and development manager Kommunförbundet Skåne, Natalie Coquand, Coordinator, Swedish University of Agricultual Sciences and Magnus Johansson, Ph.D. in Pedagogy and Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University, Per-Arne Nilsson, Head of Environment Department and Strategy, City of Malmö & ISU Board member.

Round Table Discussion IV

Urban-Rural Food Systems

This roundtable discussion is held in collaboration with the Environment Department of Malmö Citys’ track 6. ”Food for Sustainable Cities”. Please note: This round table discussion will take place in another room.

urbanfoodstrategie_isu_urbanforskningensdagThe number of people living in cities is increasing rapidly on a global level. These people need to eat and the majority of food that is consumed in cities is produced in the rural areas, placing pressure on supply systems, land and vulnerable ecosystems. Worryingly, knowledge of where and how food is produced is also decreasing. These trends raise a number of questions and we will raise discussions about Urban Food Strategies with interesting and inspiring examples from Europe.

There will be a couple of very short inspirational talks relating to the topics at the beginning of the roundtable session. The purpose of this round-table discussion is to raise questions such as:

  • How can we establish a closer contact with those who produce our food?
  • What role do cities play in the drive towards sustainable food production?
  • Can cities play a more active role?


Gunilla Andersson, Project Manager, Environment Department, City of Malmö, Helen Nilsson, Project Manager, Environment Department, City of Malmö & ISU Gränsgångare

For detailed programme of the three-day-event Malmö citys’ UN-Conference; “Sustainable City Development”, please read here.

For questions regarding ISU Urban Reseach Day, please contact:

Project Manager: Clara Norell, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

Phone: +46 (0)730 630232




30 november, 2016 kl. 08:00
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