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

Cooperative public governance on EU priorities

Organised by the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (MinBZK)

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Towards no net land take – insights from ‘Recycle Space Slovenia’

Organised by the EUKN and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia (MNVP)

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Urban Planning for Resilience

Policy Lab for Slovenia aiming to activate urban practitioners on integrating resilience into planning policy.

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Driving a just Twin Transition

Hosted in Warsaw as a collaboration between Poland and France, this Policy Lab explored how policymakers can ensure an inclusive transition towards a greener and inclusive future.

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Fighting sexual harassment: how to foster accessible and safe public spaces

Participatory exchange between experts and cities from various countries on measures to improve women's public safety.

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High-level informal exchange: Social tensions in cities in transition

Inter-ministry discussion on responding to social tensions facing cities in transition. Organised with the German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building.

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Women Navigating the City

Organised with the Belgian Federal public planning service for social integration

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Integrated Urban Regeneration in Practice

The revitalization of deprived neighbourhoods. Organised with Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA)

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The 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission: National support structures

Organised with the Dutch Ministry for the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Enhancing green spaces in cities: announcement of the Policy Lab for Slovenia
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Enhancing Green Spaces in Cities

Reaping the benefits of integrating nature into urban futures. Organised with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia

climate-neutral cities
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Paving the way towards climate-neutral cities

Organised with ICLEI Europe and the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany

Urban development: digitalisation & innovation for cities of all sizes
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Digitalisation & innovation for cities of all sizes

Organised as part of the Czech EU Council Presidency 2022 with the Czech Ministry of Regional Development