Roskilde University (RUC) was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge. At RUC we cultivate a project and problem-oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others. We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone. We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance and development.
At RUC Nordic Urban Planning Studies is taught by researchers based within the research group Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS). This brings together around 30 researchers from a variety of disciplines - including urban, political, cultural and economic geography, urban sociology and anthropology, as well as planning and architecture. The research group has a strong international status and is committed to the development and employment of critical research methodologies.
The focus on urban planning and mobility is interdisciplinary and based on meaningful engagement with communities, in part through the use of participatory-, action- and advocacy-oriented research methods and maintenance of ongoing community interactions and collaborations. Central to the efforts to do research that reaches beyond the university is the development of creative and alternative methodologies and research communication tools. These approaches include visual and digital media, storytelling and creative writing, participatory knowledge production, Future Creating workshops and advocacy- and policy-oriented outputs.