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.

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Policy Labs

Urban Transitions for a More Sustainable Future: Lessons from Europe

Contributing to Poland’s preparations for the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland in 2022, with a focus on sustainable urban transitions.

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The New Leipzig Charter and JRC’s Urban Activities

Discussing the findings of the EUKN’s study on the interface between urban science and policy in Europe, and reflecting on the role of science for post-2020 policy.

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Unravelling the ‘Green’ Actions of the Urban Agenda for the EU – Parts I and II

Investigating how to harness the Urban Agenda for the EU to promote environmental sustainability and better regulation, analysing five of its ‘green’ actions via an EUKN-developed approach.

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Urban Agenda for the EU Partnerships in the Spotlight

An official side event of the 2020 European Week of Regions and Cities, fostering action-orientated exchange on Urban Agenda for the EU Partnerships with relevant institutions and stakeholders.

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‘SMART Czechia’: An Integrated Approach Towards Smart Cities

Discussing the ‘SMART Czechia’ concept drafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its implications for local authorities and potential to contribute to sustainable urban development.

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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.

Policy Labs

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.