Published 2018-04-10

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Anna Johansson to chair Mistra Urban Futures

Former Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson is the new Chair of Mistra Urban Futures.
‘Anna Johansson’s in-depth knowledge of and expertise on Gothenburg combined with broad national political experience will be an important contribution to the Board. This will be a good complement to the expertise of other Board members,’ says Mistra Urban Futures Director David Simon.

For many years, Anna Johansson was locally active as a politician in Gothenburg. She was involved in the city district administration in Bergsjön and a member of Gothenburg City Council, for example. Since 2007, she has also been Chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Party in the city. However, she became more familiar to the broad public in 2014 when she was appointed Minister of Infrastructure, a post she then left in 2017.

Now she is to be Chair of Mistra Urban Futures, a programme initiated by a number of stakeholders in the Gothenburg region.

‘I’m pleased to get the opportunity to lead Mistra Urban Futures’ Board,’ Johansson says.

‘What makes Mistra Urban Futures interesting is the combination of local projects and the international network of cities that make up the activities. Another aspect is the collaboration between research and practice. I look forward to being able to contribute experience from my political background to the centre’s development.’

David Simon is just as pleased.

‘Anna Johansson, with her profound knowledge of and expertise about Gothenburg, combined with her wide-ranging experience of Swedish politics, will be an important addition to the Board. Her experience and knowledge will be a fine complement to the other Board members’.’

Mats Viberg, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, is pleased that Anna Johansson has accepted the assignment as Chair.

‘Anna has previously been on the Chalmers Board and has a keen commitment to issues related to Mistra Urban Futures’ activities. I’m also pleased that we’ve found a good balance among the members’ various perspectives, including both local and global expertise from the community and academia alike. Together they’ll be able to contribute knowledge and dedication, help us make the most of the initiative’s two remaining years and create a good foundation for what’s to come.’


Facts about Mistra Urban Futures

Mistra Urban Futures is an international research and knowledge centre dedicated to sustainable urban development — one of today’s most important public challenges. In the projects implemented within the framework of Mistra Urban Futures, practitioners and researchers collaborate with the goal of realising the fair, green and accessible city.

The programme operates in six locations around the world: Gothenburg, Skåne (Malmö), Stockholm, Cape Town, Kisumu and Sheffield–Manchester.

The centre is funded by Mistra, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and a consortium comprising Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environment Institute, the City of Gothenburg, the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities, the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland and Region Västra Götaland.

Text: Per Westergård