CRitical Urban Sustainability Hub (FORMAS Strong Research Environment)

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords


  • Housing, Gentrification


CRUSH brings together the five largest research environments for urban and housing research in Sweden and is a research platform that engages critically with urban sustainability in general and Sweden?s acute housing crisis in particular. CRUSH acknowledges that sustainable outcomes can never be of universal benefit to all, that they will have different meanings for different social groups, and that these meanings can be in conflict with each other. The triad of social, economic and ecological sustainability was originally designed not as a potential equilibrium but as an illustration of conflicts between opposing interests. Definitions and concepts of sustainability are embedded in processes of empowerment and disempowerment. Sustainability therefore always presupposes an understanding of the notions of justice and injustice. If not, sustainability becomes an empty signifier that may hide specific interests. Within this perspective, CRUSH will investigate to what extent the housing market is assuming a dysfunctional state, and what measures can be taken to prevent this. Housing is at the core of new ecological and climate smart development, social justice and well-being, the pivot of urban economic development, and plays a key role in the quality of everyday life. The project aims to investigate the institutional conditions and policy options for housing governance in relation to stakeholders, social movements and citizens in a collaborative manner.
Effective start/end date2014/01/012018/12/31

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University
  • Malmö University (lead)
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Uppsala University


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Project: Network

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Related research output

Fabian, L., Anders Lund Hansen, Jenisch, N. & Kaarup-Christensen, E., 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Working paper

Anders Lund Hansen, 2017 Nov 16, Jyllandsposten, 2017, 11.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

Fabian, L., Jenisch, N., Chang, A., Robertson, D., Bürk, T., Höhne, S., Thelle, M., Nielsen, M. & Anders Lund Hansen, 2017, Aarhus: Aarhus Universitet. 30 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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Related activities

Lund Hansen, A. (Peer reviewer)
2019 Aug 25

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal/Manuscript peer review

Lund Hansen, A. (Presenter), Louise Fabian (Speaker)
2019 Apr 23

Activity: Talk or presentationPresentation

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Related prizes

Anders Lund Hansen (Recipient), 2000 Jan

Prizes and Distinctions: Election to learned society

Anders Lund Hansen (Recipient), 2007

Prizes and Distinctions: Appointment

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