About Sustainable Urban Futures

Cities, sub-national governments, local authorities and urban spaces are key components of any initiative for achieving sustainable development at the local, regional and global level. As populations concentrate in the world’s cities, the future growth of urban centres is of particular concern for planners and policy-makers in both the developed and the developing world. However, contemporary patterns of urban growth do not conform to previous experiences or expectations. Large cities in the developing world have been attracting millions of people, many of them living in sprawling slums without the most basic necessities such as housing and sanitation. People who live in the sprawling slums are more vulnerable to natural disasters. Read More

The Way We Work


The inherently interdisciplinary nature of the programme members facilitate fresh thinking to be applied to pressing problems. Upon this basis tools are developed with the intention of helping cities manage the transition to a sustainable future. More on this concept can be found here.

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Practice



The programme works in two main areas (climate change and biodiversity) principally through the lens of governance, to examine how local governance structures emerge and change, and how they affect the environment and development. By studying how to make global environmental policy implementation more effective at the local level through integration with other policies, we aim to develop new agendas for implementation to longstanding problems.

UNU-IAS Events

UNU-IAS encourages rigorous and open intellectual exchange by providing faculty and fellows with a stimulating interdisciplinary and multicultural academic environment. The Institute hosts round table discussions, seminars, and lectures by in-house and visiting faculty members and visiting academics on a range of issues within the broad spectrum of UNU-IAS’ research programme. These events are open to the public. For the full list of latest events please read more.

Recent Programme Events

Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development in Cities 26 February 2014, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Workshop Held on Planning Climate Co-Benefits in the Waste Sector 24 February 2014, in Surabaya, Indonesia

Urban Development with Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities 9 December 2013, in New Delhi, India

International Workshop on Sustainable Cities Generating Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas 2 and 3 December 2013 in Bhopal, India

UNFCCC COP19 Side Event "Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas" 18 November 2013 at UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw

UNFCCC COP19 Side Event "A Critical Decade for Climate Policy: Efforts to Track Progress and Analyze Multiple Benefits" 14 November 2013 at UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw

Launch of the Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production: “Integrating Global and Local Sustainable Development Goals in Asian Cities: Partnerships to Generate Environmental Co-benefits in Urban Areas” 16 October 2013 at UNU-IAS, Yokohama

UNU-IAS Showcases Tools for Planning Co-benefits at LEDS Forum, Manila 1-4 October 2013, Manila, Philippines