Since 2002 Peter Elmlund has run Urban City Research at Ax:son Johnson Foundation. In this capacity, he has arranged many international and national conferences about urban issues. He was during the years 2012-2016, the director for the Future of Places-project, which was a collaboration between the foundation, UN-Habitat and PPS, New York. The activities within the Future of Places – most notably three international conferences and the resulting key messages about public space – profoundly influenced the language about public space in the New Urban Agenda and SDG 11:7. He is a sought-after speaker and has performed more than 400 lectures in Sweden and abroad. He is also funding and conducting several educational and research programs at universities in Sweden and abroad.