This research network performs interdisciplinary research for smart sustainable urban development and collaborates closely with regional, national, and international players.
By 2050, 68 percent of the world's population is expected to live in cities according to the United Nations (UN). In parallel with growing urban populations, we face multiple and complex challenges such as climate change, social inequality, housing, employment, transportation, and environmental protection. In short, one of our biggest global challenges is to develop and build cities that are safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable as stated in the UN Sustainable development goal 11.
Our cities must make better use of resources, be energy efficient, and have smarter solutions for homes, buildings, and infrastructure and not least, be good places to live for all. The sustainable cities of the future demand even better and more comprehensive urban planning and there is an urgent need for new, better, and more integrated solutions to ensure good and livable cities.
In short, cities of the future must be smarter. Most people associate smart cities with how information technologies are combined with humans, buildings and infrastructure to solve the challenges that we face in society. The research network acknowledges the role of technology, but technology is not a silver bullet. We need to approach our urban futures from multiple perspectives to develop truly smart sustainable solutions. This requires interdisciplinary research and close collaboration between academia, civil society, industry and government.
The university's research network for smart sustainable cities is set up to strengthen interdisciplinary research and cross-sectoral collaboration for smart sustainable urban development in close collaboration with regional, national, and international players. Our researchers come from all six faculties at UiS covering the humanities, social sciences and natural and technical sciences.
The University's research network is divided into eight thematic areas:
- Education and knowledge
- Arts and culture
- Climate and sustainability
- Mobility and transport
- Democracy and participation
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
- Data and telecommunications
With these themes, the university wants to help create the knowledge and smart solutions that contribute to more sustainable and livable cities and regions.
PhD research group
The PhD research group currently consists of 15 members. The PhD candidates group meet regularly to discuss their research and organize workshops, seminars and PhD course related to smart sustainable urban development. All PhD candidates are encouraged and expected to collaborate across disciplines. If you are a PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher interested in coming to the University of Stavanger for a research stay, please feel free to contact us.
While our outlook is global, a lot of our research is focused on the Stavanger region. Several regional muncipalities have smart city and sustainable development as priority areas. In particular, the municipality of Stavanger has taken a leading role with The Smart City Stavanger initiative and a target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The region is also home to the national smart city innovation cluster and the Nordic region's largest smart city conference, Nordic Edge. We work closely with the regional municipalities and the business community to develop Stavanger as a leader in smart sustainable solutions and smart technologies.
International collaboration is essential in order to address complex and often global challenges. The research network is actively involved in a number of European networks and work closely with the Stavanger Region European office in Brussels. We are always interested in establishing collaboration and partnerships with knowledge and research institutions around. Some of our international networks include:
Members of the network
Research projects in the network
The smart city research network has launched many PhD projects across a wide spectrum of themes. In addition, several research projects, many of them technology-driven, are going on in various departments at UiS.
All smart city-related research projects will shortly be described on a separate page.
Troels Gyde Jacobsen, director of Innovation, UiS
Odd Magne Bakke, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education, UiS
Øystein Lund Bø, Dean of Faculty for Science and Technology, UiS
Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim, Head of Centre for Innovation Research, UiS
Stig Finnesand, Director of Nordic Edge
Elin Schance, Leader of the Grønn By ("Green City") organisation
Scientific advisory committee
Harald Nils Røstvik, Professor, Department of safety, economics and planning, Faculty of Technical and Natural Sciences.
Truls Eric Johan Engstrøm, Associate Professor, Norwegian Hotel Management School, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Hege Ingjerd Hollund, Associate Professor, Archeological Museum.
Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould, Associate Professor, SEROS, Faculty of Technical and Natural Sciences.
Barbara Maria Sageidet, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Arts and Education & The Greenhouse.
Kristiane Marie Fjær Lindland, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Gianfranco Nencioni, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Technical and Natural Sciences.
Silje Henriette Amalia Normand, Associate Professor, Department of Education and Sports Science, Faculty of Arts and Education and Head of DEMCI.
Tatiana Iakovleva, Professor, UiS Business School, Section for Innovation, Management and Marketing.
Knut Erik Giljarhus, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Faculty of Technical and Natural Sciences.
Todor Milkov Kesarovski, PhD Candidate, Department of economics, safety and planning, PhD Representative.