"Nordic responses to urban challenges of the 21st century"
Cities and urbanism have become increasingly central to social change because of their dominance in culture and politics and as a result of massive urbanization. In line with such developments, ‘urban studiesʼ has grown into a broad research field that embraces study across disciplines within social sciences and urban planning.
The central idea behind this journal is that a strengthened Nordic community of urban scholars can advance the debates within this field of study. In this editorial article, the authors elaborate on the scholarly foundation that provides the starting point for the journal and critically reflect on how urban experiences in the Nordic countries may provide responses and solutions to challenges of the 21st century. In doing so, they trace some of the research traditions in Nordic societies that can underpin the scholarly advances this journal seeks to make.
Finally, the authors outline an interdisciplinary urbanist approach that they aspire to develop through this journal and point towards research topics that may be well served by further exploration from a Nordic perspective.
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