Research at Institute for Housing and Urban Research

IBF's mission is to be a national resource and conduct research of the highest international quality with societal relevance. We study housing and urban issues from several different scientific perspectives.

IBF is a multidisciplinary research institute that researches housing and urban issues in the broadest sense. Our researchers represent a range of different social science disciplines.

IBF's research relates to different dimensions of sustainability and is based on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Our research is funded by grants from the University as well as external funding from various research funders. Collaboration with external actors also contributes to the quality and relevance of the research, both in terms of content and financially.

Research themes

Urban development, climate transition and the built environment

IBF conduct social science research on community planning as well as the development and climate transition of the city and the built environment. This includes research on public spaces, community planning, restorative environments and urban transition to make our cities and habitats more sustainable.

Illustration av en kvartersritning. Ett förstorningsglas synar ett område med träd och grönska.
Tunnelbanan i farten. Kista galleria syns i bakgrunden.

Segregation, integration and migration

Research on international migration and ethnic relations has long been a strong theme that brought together many different disciplines at IBF. In addition to research into the causes of various forms of segregation, for example residential and school segregation, we study measures against segregation and their effects.


Housing and society

At IBF there is a long tradition of research into the functioning of the housing market, the direction, change and stability of housing policy and the organization of civil society around housing issues. A more recent research tradition sheds light on the global phenomenon of growing urban movements.

Moderna radhus med grönskande framsidor.

Research groups