Urban Studies Conference

Changing Cities
Helsinki, Tieteiden talo

Suomen Kaupunki-tutkimuksen Seura SKTS ry

The theme of 2024 is
Changing Cities.

The theme for the 2024 Finnish Urban Studies Annual Conference is Changing Cities. Cities are in constant change. They change over time, which gives us the opportunity to examine the numerous historical layers of cities, to observe various design solutions, and to see the impact of past choices on urban landscapes and structures. Cities are subject to societal changes such as changes in population, technologies, institutions, values, and norms, which affect the planning and development of cities. Social changes can be intentional and planned, they can also be the result of gradual development or unexpected events.

The theme Changing Cities can be approached, for instance, through following questions; How do various societal changes manifest in cities? How does digitalization change cities? How do actions required for sustainability transition become visible in cities and their planning? What effects might climate change have on cities? How has the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped cities? How do population changes such as aging, population decline, or diversification change cities? How have cities changed, or how should they be changed, to be more equal and equitable? How do cities change due to the influence of their surrounding areas? What changes will cities face in the future, and how do historical changes become visible and affect present cities?

We invite researchers, planners, and all those interested in Changing Cities to participate in the 2024 Finnish Urban Studies Annual Conference.