In addition to providing research of the highest international quality, our goal is to be an obvious partner for critical and constructive collaboration with the surrounding society within our thematic areas.
The ambition is illustrated, among other things, through our collaborative agreements and strategic partnerships within the university and with actors such as Uppsala Municipality, the National Confederation of Tenants' Associations (Hyresgästföreningen) and Länsförsäkringars Forskningsfond, as well as through our recurring "Bostadsmöten" and digital breakfast seminars. Our researchers often participate as lecturers and experts in national as well as local and regional contexts.
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IBF's collaboration with Uppsala Municipality is part of Uppsala University's strategic partnership with the municipality. Uppsala municipality has sustainable community building as a particularly prioritized theme and the collaboration between IBF and the municipality consists of two parts. One part is the multidisciplinary research program for quantitative studies of issues connected to cities and urbanization, Urban Lab. The second is the cooperation agreement with the Department for Strategic Planning around municipal postdocs.
Länsförsäkringar's research fund and IBF have a strategic partnership with the goal of establishing a long-term collaboration for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the sustainable development of cities and housing. In the coming years, two postdoctoral position with a focus on sustainable housing and community building, as well as a research position with placement at IBF, will be co-financed. Among other things on the agenda is a survey of housing and housing issues based on IBF's register database GeoSweden to create a "housing barometer".
Hyresgästföreningen (Tenants' Association)
IBF and the Tenants' Association have a collaboration agreement where the Tenants' Association finances a two-year postdoctoral position in Economics with a focus on the functioning of the housing market. The background to the agreement on the part of the Tenants' Association is that IBF appears as a natural partner for studying housing issues and as an actor that is involved in creating a better and more informed housing policy. The interdisciplinary research environment at IBF is particularly well suited to getting a handle on the major issues that affect the way the housing market functions, and which can ultimately increase understanding of its complexity.