Finnish Urban Studies Conference 2022

Finnish Urban Studies Conference will be held in Tampere on April 28-29, 2022. The theme of the conference is Sustainable Cities.

The Urban Studies Conference 2022 calls for sessions around the theme of sustainable cities. The sessions can be based on empirical research or theoretical/conceptual examination of sustainability and cities.

The aim of the conference is to discuss various dimensions and meanings of urban sustainability. How is urban sustainability defined and what kind of sustainability is needed? Is the urban lifestyle sustainable? What kind of value conflicts and uncertainties are related to sustainable solutions, and how can multi- and transdisciplinary collaboration foster change towards more sustainable cities? How are technology and digitalization entangled with the social and spatial construction of cities? Who uses power in defining sustainability? What kind of interpretations are made about urbanization, sustainability, and urban communities, when the perspectives of different generations, groups of people, materiality and multiple species meet in culturally and socially diversifying societies? How has urban sustainability been approached before and how can previous interpretations and urban utopias increase our understanding of what is possible? How can cities’ capacity to prevent and increase resiliency to crises be improved?

We invite everyone who has a wide-ranging interest in urban sustainability to participate in the Urban Studies Conference in Tampere. We aim to organize a live event, but we will follow the corona situation carefully. The deadline for the session proposals is on January 10, 2022. We encourage proposals that strengthen interdisciplinary discussion. Each proposal should include a title of the session, name(s) of presenter(s), email address(es), and affiliation(s), as well as a description of the content and aims of the session (max. 3,500 characters). Please send your proposal by email to