Curating expert insights to meet our members’ needs

Practical and demand-driven, we tailor and organise each Policy Lab to meet EUKN members’ specific urban development knowledge needs. In diverse formats, they aim to foster learning and facilitate knowledge exchange on high-priority urban topics, supporting our members to achieve and sustain their urban development goals.

A collaborative approach to shaping city futures

Our Policy Labs utilise innovative group working methods to bring together national, regional and local authorities with academics, policy-makers and practitioners in the urban sphere. To date, this has ranged from working with local consultancies in our members’ major urban areas to bringing together relevant experts to guide urban policy development in fellow European regions.

To learn more, browse our recent Policy Labs below or contact the EUKN Secretariat at


Policy Labs

Consolidating and Delivering the Urban Agenda for the EU

Platforming the status of Urban Agenda for the EU Partnerships with German participation, and exploring the wider political and strategic context of the 2020 German Council Presidency.

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Opportunities for Development and Innovation in Rural Areas: European Experiences

Exploring drivers of, and possible solutions to, the accelerating phenomenon of depopulation affecting small towns and cities in rural Europe.

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Metropolitan and Cross-Border Functionality – Definitions, Examples and Methodologies for Post-2020 Programming

Exploring interpretations of “functionality” in metropolitan and cross-border areas, as well as methodologies for defining its parameters and perimeters, with a focus on Functional Urban Areas.

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Greener Cities, Greener Europe – How the Urban Agenda for the EU Partnerships Can Bring Sustainability Closer to Citizens

An official side event of the 2019 European Week of Regions and Cities, exploring two of its guiding topics: a greener Europe and a Europe closer to citizens.

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Application of Nature-Based Solutions in a Functional Urban Area in the EU

Providing a platform to exchange experiences on Functional Urban Areas and Nature-Based Solutions, and identifying key recommendations for related national policies.

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Urban Transformation Pathways in European Cities

Broadening the discussion on the local implications and relevance of European and global agendas for cities, including the Urban Agenda for the EU, the Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda.

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Energy Transition in the Built Environment

Pooling expert insights into good practices for energy transition from multiple European countries, fostering understanding of how to increase sustainability in built environments.

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Prevention of Radicalisation in European Cities

Bringing together participants from Belgium, the Netherlands and France to address key aspects of preventing radicalisation, prioritising knowledge exchange and an integrated approach.

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Integrated Urban Planning and the Use of Integrated Territorial Investments

Facilitating the Czech Republic’s strategic use of Integrated Territorial Investments in urban and regional development, through knowledge exchange with experts from the UK and the Netherlands.

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Two Systems, One Challenge: Integration in Cities in Germany and France

Focusing on migrants’ and refugees' urban integration, supporting the French-German Integration Council’s work to exchange good practices and identify cooperative cross-national solutions.

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Retail Policy and the Functional Urban Area – Facilitating Optimal Distribution and Preventing Urban Sprawl

Exploring creating retail policy within the context of Functional Urban Areas, through the lens of the Cypriot retail sector’s main policy challenges: urban sprawl and revitalisation of city centres.

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Shaping the Spanish Urban Agenda in the Light of Other European National Urban Policy Frameworks

Informing Spain's strategic orientation in developing its National Urban Agenda, bringing together experts from multiple EUKN member countries.