Edited on 08/06/2023


  • Spain

  • Spanish, English, Italian
Availability :
Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

Validated Expert info

Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

  1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
  2. Thematic expertise:
    > Energy transition
    > Finance and resources
    > Strategic urban planning,  
  3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
    > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions


Jose Costero is a sustainable urban policies management professional with 17 years of experience in Pamplona City Council, a medium-sized Spanish city. For the last 7 years, he has held the position of Director of the Strategic Office where he has driven the design and elaboration process of the Pamplona 2030 Urban Agenda, using strategic planning methodologies. One of his main tasks has been the coordination and leadership of the co-design and co-creation process through the governance model of the Urban Agenda, which has enabled the participation of more than 1,000 people and 100 key stakeholders in its design, facilitating co-responsibility and consensus around the strategic framework and the 57 projects identified. This has enabled the Pamplona 2030 Urban Agenda to be unanimously approved by all the local political parties, a pact for its development to be signed with 26 key agents, and the Spanish Government to recognise it as a good practice. The Pamplona 2030 Urban Agenda is a strategic plan that seeks to improve the quality of life of citizens through the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in line with the New Urban Agenda, the European Urban Agenda and the Spanish Urban Agenda.

Another of Jose Costero's functions in Pamplona City Council has been to coordinate and manage international cooperation projects with partners from other countries in Europe, Latin America and China. In this sense, Jose Costero has participated in a multitude of international projects highlighting the URBACT Making Spend Matter Transfer Network, about responsible public procurement, the Horizon 2020 Stardust project, about smart cities innovative solutions, the Horizon 2020 oPEN Lab project, about generation of positive energy neighbourhoods with living lab methodologies, or the IEE ENGAGE project, about climate change and citizen participation.

In addition, Jose Costero has been responsible for attracting and managing external funding for projects of the Pamplona 2030 Urban Agenda, having managed to attract more than €30 million of Next Generation EU funds in the last 2 years, as well as promoting public-private cooperation projects.

Previously, Jose Costero has worked for 10 years as responsible for local sustainability policies managing projects and plans in areas such as: Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development Strategy, Sustainable Mobility, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, Urban Food and Agriculture, Biodiversity, Circular Economy, Gender Equality, Public Policy Evaluation, Environmental Education, Citizen Participation, and Digital Transition and New Technologies.