Sustainable Cities

Sustainable urban development is a very broad and topical research area at Linköping University. Research here is multidisciplinary and has many different points of departure - technical, economic and sociological. 

Urbanisation is a global phenomenon; more and more people move to cities, which then have an increasing effect on the climate issue as well as the management of common and scarce resources. 

The role of industry in cities is studied, alongside the influence of selected technical systems on human actions. Other important areas of research include mining cities, traffic planning, transport and city logistics, and the role of municipalities in the creation of a sustainable city. Research ranges from studies of cycling, traffic and sustainability in Norrköping and Linköping to the management of resources and sustainable development in the world's mega-cities.


Etanol produktion.

Industrial and Urban Symbiosis

Research is conducted into how local and regional collaboration that involves private and public organisations, and actors from different sectors, can bring opportunities for more efficient flows of material and energy, and other synergy effects.

Virtual Worlds: digital technologies in climate and biodiversity governance

Virtual Worlds explores the role of digital technologies in managing climate change and biodiversity loss. The program reviews how technology can improve environmental governance and include local knowledge for sustainable development.

Henrik Eriksson on stage

IDA40 Anniversary Conference 2023

The Dept of Computer and Information Science (IDA) at LiU celebrated its 40th anniversary with a 2-day conference in the Stockholm archipelago. On the program: international and national speakers on AI and www, and presentations of activities at IDA.


Tank station for the fuel HVO.

Difficult to create sustainable transport chains

Both transport companies and trading companies have high ambitions with respect to sustainable transport. But researchers at LiU and Linnaeus University have shown that several challenges remain before the entire transport chain becomes sustainable.

architecture of Valla city in Linköping

Research to aid smart urban energy planning

Researchers at LiU are to develop a platform that allows municipalities and urban areas to obtain support when making decisions about energy. The FlexSUS project lies under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and is led by Associate Professor Yang Liu.

The collaboration agreement between the vice-chancellors of Linköping University and Guangzhou University is signed.

Collaboration in sustainable urban development

Words of praise fly through the air as the third joint workshop at the Linköping University and Guangzhou University Centre for Sustainable Urban Development opens. The collaboration is progressing well, even if communication is challenging.