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Urban Lab

Urban Lab is an empirically oriented research initiative at Uppsala University, run in cooperation between the Department of Economics and the Institute for Housing and Urban Research.

Forskare och tjänstemän samlades i gemensam workshop

Hur påverkas huspriserna av att bostadsområden stämplas som utsatta? Hur kan randomiserade experiment användas i offentlig förvaltning? Vilka effekter har nybyggnation på segregation? Det var några av frågorna som avhandlades när kommunens tjänstemän och forskare vid Uppsala universitet möttes i fullmäktigesalen förra veckan.

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MorfO- a tool for urban planning

Towns and cities may be built in various ways. Thus, various places may look different and various parts of the same city may also differ from each other. Hötorgscity in central Stockholm, for example, does neither look like its neighbouring areas reachable just one stop away with the metro, nor like the neighbourhoods at the ends of the metro lines. The various areas in a city are sometimes separated by barriers (such as rivers and railways), sometimes the borders are less pronounced. 

-Urban morphological might be of importance and MorfO divides Sweden’s urban localities (>2 000 inhabitants) into areas based on various urban-morphological characteristics and presence of barriers. In total 8 540 areas have been subdivided in this way, says Jan Amcoff, Associate Professor at the Deaprtment of Human Geography and affiliated to Urban Lab. 

The map illustrates the variations in urban morphology and how these variations are reflected in the MorfO-subdivision, using Mariestad as an example.

Matz Dahlberg ny ledamot i Delmi

I augusti utsågs Urban Labs forskningsledare, Matz Dahlberg till ny ledamot i Delmis kommitté.

-Det känns intressant och spännande att kunna vara med och bidra i en policynära diskussion kring viktiga frågor. Migration och integration är ju väldigt viktiga och aktuella samhällsfrågor som genererar mycket diskussion och många åsikter. Forskningen har därför en viktig roll att fylla genom dess möjlighet att leverera faktabaserad och trovärdig evidens, säger Matz Dahlberg.
 

Magdalena Dominguez to London School of Economics (LSE)

Magdalena Dominguez, who has been part of the Urban Lab crew for a year, has now been recruited to London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)- The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) were she will start as a Research Economist in the Policing and Crime research group and the Community Wellbeing Programme.

As much as we are sad about seeing her go, we are equally proud to see her go to such an amazing new position and we are extremely grateful for all her fantastic work and her contributions to our research environment here at the Urban Lab.  

Read more about Magdalena and her research here: Gang-sweeps- crime and welfareCrime composition in gang enclaves and Community based interventions and inequality

RESEARCH ON RENTAL FLATS ASSIGNED USING A LOTTERY

Alive Bostad AB has begun building 162 rental apartments in Rosendal in southern Uppsala. The goal is to offer apartments to young adults (18–35) with about 30 per cent lower rents than equivalent housing. The buildings, designed by Tengbom arkitekter, are being built from wood, and the apartments will be assigned using a lottery.

Read more about the project here

Urban Lab researcher winner of the 2020 IPUMS Research Award

Raoul van Maarseveen's article “The Effect of Urban Migration on Educational Attainment: Evidence from Africa” has been selected as the 2020 winner of the IPUMS Research Award.

Read about the award and Raoul's research here.

Funding

Urban Lab is a collaboration between Uppsala municipality and Uppsala University.

Last modified: 2022-10-07