Recent statistics show that approximately 43% of the EU population lives in small and medium-sized cities between 5,000 and 50,000 inhabitants. Small urban areas play a pivotal role in sustainable urban development and territorial cohesion in Europe and are an important part of the urban-rural continuum.

We chose to tackle this topic in the August Urban Review because of the diversity of small and medium-sized cities (in terms of geography, demographic, socio-economic and governance aspects) and the various socio-economic and environmental opportunities they can provide due to their territorial context and their national policy framework.

Read this¬†month’s newsletter to discover how small and medium-sized cities can contribute significantly to the transformative power of cities as well as how they are, or should be, incorporated in national urban policies nowadays.