Mistra Urban Futures was established in January 2010. Sited in Gothenburg, Sweden, Mistra Urban Futures was set-up to better understand the challenges and possibilities facing urban areas and to establish a world centre for sustainable urban development. It is funded by Mistra, the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the consortium partners. The centre itself is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology.
The centre has a two year build-up phase to develop and establish the centre. The objective of the buildup phase is to make the Centre fully operational by January 2012. This has both intellectual and practical aspects. Developing the priorities in terms of substantive content and methodological approaches must go hand in hand with building up a solid organizational, managerial and administrative structure, recruiting staff, finding a location for the Centre and developing an efficient communication strategy.
The Centre is now half-way through the build-up phase and has developed a solid structural base for operation. The focus in the next twelve months will be to further position the centre in the area of knowledge and capacity building for urban futures, in terms of the scientific profile as well as global and local relevance, and to recruit staff that will form the core team at the Centre.