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AoI Sustainable cities and communities

In the business and innovation area Sustainable Cities and Communities, RISE has brought together expertise in areas such as construction engineering, energy systems, circular transformation, infrastructure, mobility, data driven innovation and applicable IT solutions as well as policy and collaboration processes. We enhance capabilities of cities and communities to meet the development and innovation needs for sustainable transformation.

The sustainable cities and communities of the future are vibrant. They are equipped for a changed climate where green and blue surfaces dampen the effect of large volumes of water, and contribute to biodiversity, better health and greener urban environments. They promote integration, interaction and experiences, and offer a well-functioning, safe and secure everyday life for residents, visitors and entrepreneurs.

Through our networks, strategic innovation programmes, innovation platforms and large challenge-driven projects, both nationally and at EU level, we invite collaboration. New technologies, materials, processes and services are tested and verified in our testbeds and demonstration facilities. We also work with long-term strategies and policy change.

The business area focuses on six areas:

Sustainable viable districts

To create a sustainable and more environmental friendly build environment we need to decrease the city energy use, use less resources and use our buildings more efficiently. Our lifestyle also needs to change, for example by analysing how and what we consume.  We develop and combine expertise in technology, health and behaviour to meet these needs of a viable city. 

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Integrated infrastructure

Maintenance of built infrastructure must be optimised for the maximum benefit. Apart from being functional, resources must be used considering its entire lifecycle and of how it contributes to a ecological, social and economically sustainable development. RISE has competency in maintenance of infrastructure – from materials and quality assessment to decision- and business models contributing to the development of smart, integrated solutions for the built environment. 

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Resilient cities and communities

We support the capability of cities and communities to prevent and manage crises resulting from an increasingly complex society and changing climate and security situations.

Read more about built environment, risk and safety and climate adaptation.

Cities and societies in transformation

Globalisation, migration, urbanisation and digitalisation are intertwining the local with the global, resulting in the most monumental societal change in modern history. Complexity increases – and we need set-ups that promote continuous development in more flexible self organising teams and networks, rather than in hierarchical structures. How does this affect us as individuals and how do we plan for it and change our way? Our research and expertise support this complex transition.  

Read more about system innovation.

Connected cities

In the future – data will be collected and made accessible in a structured way. This will call for collaboration within and in between cities. We will need a shared technical framework (digital infrastructure), but also this will lead to organisational changes and transform the relationship between citizens and entrepreneurs. For example, by increased transparency, accessibility and democracy, through interactive visualisations off plans, processes, data or an increased servitisation.  

Read more about digitalisation, digital infrastructure and service innovation.

Urban mobility

Our modes of transport inform how we build cities and societies. The focus area addresses this ongoing paradigm shift in terms of future transport and mobility in cities.

Read more about mobility and mobility services.


Kristina Mjörnell

Contact person

Kristina Mjörnell

Affärs- och innovationsområdeschef

+46 10 516 57 45
kristina.mjornell@ri.se

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