Rapid urbanisation has increased conflicting spatial claims for economic activities, housing, public space and infrastructure networks. These conflicts challenge the goal of urban vitality and quality of life. The cluster focuses on the following three subtopics:
- Research on community-linked urban developments explores how governmental decentralisation and devolution of traditional public responsibilities (e.g. housing, transport) gives rise to new forms of urban development with opportunities to experiment with democratic processes.
- Sustainable and inclusive mobility takes an individual and ethical perspective to understand how, where and why we move in our cities and urban regions. This perspective challenges the existing institutions that reinforce a technocratic and sectoral approach to planning transportation and land use.
- Urban expansion/sprawl provides methodological tools and empirical data with which to understand drivers of urban expansion and sprawl.