URBACT enables cities to share good practices and lessons learned with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe.
Since 2002, URBACT has been the first European Territorial Cooperation programme to put strong emphasis on the production and sharing of new knowledge building on existing experience and practices coming not only from the URBACT partners but also from similar or complementary European projects and programmes.
URBACT capitalises, communicates and shares good practices and knowledge through a variety of tools and actions such as:
- Website providing access to articles and resources around thematic priorities
- Thematic publications such as newsletters, policy briefs, case studies, booklets, etc.
- Events such as Policy Labs, conferences, webinars, etc.
- URBACT National Points in charge of communicating on URBACT activities at national level
- Cooperation with other organisations (programmes, networks, etc.)
URBACT III knowledge activities
For 2014-2020, one of the four objectives of URBACT III is to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels (EU, national, regional and local) have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban policies.
Between September 2018 and January 2020 URBACT organised four City Labs to complement the work being undertaken by the German Presidency team to refresh the Leipzig Charter. Each City Lab focused on one of the original principles in the Leipzig Charter signed in 2007 - Participation, Sustainability, Integration and Balanced Territorial Development.
Throughout 2020, UIA and URBACT are exploring how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing.
Gender Equal Cities brings together cities, researchers and partner organisations like CEMR to examine the reasons for ongoing structural and political inequalities in cities.
URBACT has a long history of working on poverty and inclusion-related topics. From the mid-2010s, one of the first URBACT capitalisation efforts aimed to draw out learning on Integration and Regeneration of Deprived Areas. More recently, URBACT has been working with the Urban Poverty Partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on a Local Pact - a policy paper calling for implementation of a renewed approach to tackling urban poverty >>>
Hundreds of small towns and cities have joined URBACT networks over the years. URBACT has a long-standing interest in helping them build their capacity and knowledge to thrive.
This a place for those who want to make a positive difference to the tech and digital economy across the EU and beyond.
This online resource city presents a selection of city solutions and new ways of using space - for example, underused buildings, rundown areas - in cities across Europe.
URBACT II knowledge activities
In 2014-2015, URBACT II set up four working groups (workstreams) composed of multidisciplinary stakeholders across Europe such as urban practitioners and experts from URBACT, representatives from European universities, programmes and organisations, to identify, capitalise and present to Europe’s cities good policies and practice around four urban challenges. After one year of deskwork, meetings, interviews, study visits and workshops, the results of the four workstreams are available as follows:
New Urban Economies: what has digital, health and green economy to do with your city?
Job Generation: how can your city grow jobs for young people?
Social innovation in cities: how can your city administration engage with citizens and meet social needs?
Sustainable regeneration of urban areas: how can your city tackle environmental challenges?
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