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

The New Leipzig Charter and its Relevance for Cities

Exploring the various ways Dutch and German cities deal with dilemmas related to two core elements in the New Leipzig Charter: urban governance to ensure the common good and digitalisation.

Policy Labs

Preventing and Fighting Homelessness

Presenting Belgian and international projects that contribute to mitigating homelessness across three themes: Housing First, collective housing and youth homelessness.

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The Integrated Approach in Urban Policies: European and Spanish Experiences

Exploring the integrated approach in urban policies in Spain and Europe to inspire local experimentation and uptake within the framework of the Spanish Urban Agenda

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Updating the Czech Principles of Urban Policy

Enabling Member States to exchange knowledge on National Urban Policies, paving the way for Czech urban policy to reflect the latest urban development trends and align with European urban agendas.

Policy Labs

The EUKN-OECD Week of National Urban Policies

Bringing together all the EUKN’s members, international experts and policymakers to discuss how the New Leipzig Charter can support more just, green and productive National Urban Policies.

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A New Generation of Urban Policies – Exploring Approaches to Support Policy Coherence and Integration

Focusing on creating new urban policies to support the transition to sustainability, and exploring how initiatives similar to Portugal’s circular InC2 strategy could propel coherent urban strategy. 

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The Urban Agenda for the EU, its ‘Green’ Actions and the European Green Deal

Focusing on the European Green Deal’s urban dimensions, and discussing regulatory obstacles cities face in achieving environmental goals — as well as overcoming these barriers.

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Port Cities and Mega-Trends: Glocal Approaches to Sustainable Transition

Discussing the global impact and local effects of mega-trends on port cities worldwide, and exploring their sustainable transitions from socio-economic, environmental and urbanisation perspectives.

Policy Labs

Facing and Learning from COVID-19: European and Spanish Urban Strategies for a Resilient Future

Exploring the urban impacts of COVID-19 in EUKN member countries, rethinking approaches to urban space, and focusing on urban health as a holistic concept interwoven with everyday life.

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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.

Policy Labs

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.