Flagship Domains

With ENLIGHT we focus on six cross-cutting challenge domains. They are anchor points for our future-proof education activities and R&I agenda.

In each area our students, teachers and researchers work together on sustainable solutions for complex, real-life challenges that our cities and communities face today.


Health and Well-being

Key themes: Urban healh, aging population, brain and mental health, impact of environmental exposures, inequalities in healthcare access, and opportunities for future cities in precision medicine and digital public health.

Digital revolution and Impact of digitization

Key themes: Digital simulation to support decision-making, AI for good concept, AI and health, AI and sustainable society.

Climate Change

Key themes: Climate change and land use, climate change and urban development, climate-friendly materials, sustainable housing, relationships between cities and surrounding rural areas, impact of climate change on socio-ecosystems.

Energy and circular economy

Key themes: Energy conversion and transition, energy-sparing materials, technology for urban resource recovery, water and waste.

Culture and Creativity

Key themes: Culturally-informed sustainable development, cultural diversity, heritage, social cohesion, and cross-cultural understanding


Key themes: Urban development in marginalized areas, housing crisis, polarized societies, gender mainstreaming, access and equity in future cities for long-term sustainability and resilience, sustainable heritage, migration and refugees