A guide for sustainable cities

This guide is more practical version of the book Transdisciplinary (Td) Knowledge Co-production, as a result of the 10 years Mistra Urban Futures programme. It is a resource for urban planning, for academics, practitioners, and policy makers striving to co-produce more just and sustainable urban areas.

The guide helps to answer the question: how can we best design local interventions in response to diverse issues, people, organizations, cultures, and environments?

There is no single blueprint or template for co-producing knowledge.
This guide helps transdisciplinary teams to work out their own approach according to their local contexts.

Watch videos to learn more about:

Interviews with international actors about the importance of transdisciplinarity

Input by David Simon, former director of Mistra Urban Futures, about the programme and its legacy

Input by David Simon at the book launch in 2021 about the ethos of the Td Knowledge Co-production guide book

Praise for the Td guide book

‘There is no greater need today than for integrating worlds of knowledge and practice in order to understand and deal with the complexities of changing environmental, social, and economic conditions which impact cities. This timely book does just that. It draws on lessons learnt from field-based research and practice and offers ideas and methods which are non-prescriptive, adaptable to the diversity of geographic and cultural differences globally. It will be, undoubtedly, a valuable resource for urban planning, for academics, practitioners, and policy makers.’


Nabeel Hamdi
Professor Emeritus, Oxford Brookes University

‘What a treasure trove this book is! Over the last decade, Mistra Urban Futures has raised the bar for transdisciplinary projects by applying innovative methods and breakthrough thinking on co-production. This guide provides an array of tools and methods, illustrated by rich case studies from Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, and the UK. It is useful for everyone using transdisciplinarity to address complex societal issues.’


Gabriele Bammer

Gabriele Bammer
Professor of Research Integration and Implementation,
Australian National University

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