Urban Minds Workshop, 7-10 January 2013

The Urban Minds project began as an idea development project (funded my MISTRA) in 2008, focused on the integration of humanities and natural science studies on the development of urbanism and climate change. The result was the book The Urban Mind. Cultural and Environmental Dynamics, published in 2010 (available in digital fulltext at http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:384594).

This initial project is now being developed into a large-scale research program, involving a combination of comparative and in-depth research on urbanities and urbanism in three regions: Scandinavia and Western Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, and, southeastern Africa and Madagascar. Quantitative models will be developed to study regional patterning of urban settings through time and the Peloponnese during a 3000–200 BCE time-frame will be the focus area for the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The workshop was arranged for the Urban Minds steering-group in order to finalize six-year program proposals for Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.