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  • Gender equality in cities

    On March 8 we celebrate UN International Women’s Day- a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

    URBACT is taking part in these celebrations by featuring a series of articles about women’s leadership in European cities on the governance webpage this month.

    In upcoming items we will explore initiatives in women’s equality in cities and hear the views of some current urban leaders. The results of a panel debate on the impact of female leadership in cities at the Women of the World Festival in London will also be published.

    We start with a review of data on the levels of female political representation at city level in in Europe.

    Sally Kneeshaw

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  • Smart specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon

    Photo of mygeneration part 1 met grotere playteken


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  • Capturing Economic Opportunities: How can Cities Carve out New Growth Paths?

    European cities are confronted with a rapidly changing economy. The crisis has destroyed jobs across both service and manufacturing industries, and has revealed the shakiness of the financial service sector. Jobs get lost, some businesses become obsolete, but at the same time, new growth areas are emerging.


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