The European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) is the only independent Member State driven network in the field of urban policy, research and practice. As a network of national governments, EU Member States and knowledge institutes, the EUKN is deeply involved in EU policy-making.
The EUKN's expanding network comprises of a number of EU Member States, currently consisting of Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2004 under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the EUKN has led the way in the investigation and dissemination of topical knowledge and the advancement of today’s European urban policy and practice.
With fifteen years of experience in the urban field, the EUKN is more than just a knowledge institute. The EUKN is a top-level influencer, and a connector between a multitude of urban networks. As a strategic knowledge partner, the EUKN benefit its members in the form of tailor made services, expert analysis, research assistance, and specific practical assistance such as Policy Labs and webinars. One of the key delivery instruments for tailor-made knowledge support are Policy Labs. In these events, stakeholders and experts discuss concrete urban topics relevant to an EUKN member country such as urban mobility, retail policy and functional urban areas, integrated planning, housing, or the European and global urban agendas. Easy access to a rich e-library containing selected documents on shared standards, EU policies, best practices and up-to-date research is available to all urban leaders, practitioners and policy-makers.
The EUKN and its affiliated researchers are regularly involved in research projects, be it within the context of services to EUKN members, EU Council presidencies, or external activities. A core theme of many research projects has been integrated urban development. In 2017, the EUKN presented a large stock-taking of the relevance of integrated urban development in Europe and beyond in the publication Ten years after the Leipzig Charter.
A unique advantage to our members is our close association with EU, national and regional governmental authorities, and involvement in projects such as the United Nations' New Urban Agenda and the Urban Agenda for the EU. The EUKN continuously supports the Presidencies of the European Union. Moreover, the EUKN is part of the Technical Secretariat of the Urban Agenda for the EU, supporting its implementation through the provision of communication tools, expertise and administrative support to the thematic Partnerships. By responding to the knowledge demands of our members, the EUKN connects urban stakeholders to good policy, practice and research. As a network, the EUKN works towards the Europe2020 goals by promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive European cities.
In a time of increasingly complex urban challenges that require smart and inclusive policy answers built on multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance, the EUKN stays committed to broadening the strategic knowledge base on contemporary urban topics.