ISOCARP INSTITUTE Centre for Urban Excellence
We are the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and specialise in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional trainings.
Over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise manifested in the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) lead to founding the Institute as a platform and research branch for generating and disseminating knowledge for better cities.
Our mission
Enriching the knowledge base and developing capacity of individuals and organisations partaking in shaping and developing human settlements.
Our Approach
Fostering effective communication and dissemination of global sustainable urban research and facilitating professional training programmes.

Our services

The Institute’s core ambition is to design and deliver capacity building and continuing education programmes to individuals, organisations and institutions; conduct research and promote knowledge transfer; as well as offer advice and short-term consultancy services to government, non-government and international bodies worldwide.

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Our news & updates


UPDATE | february 2024

Welcome to our first Institute Update 2024! We already started the New Year with brilliant news and have exciting activities in the pipeline – our just started research project REGEN will focus on REGENeration of neighbourhoods towards a low-carbon, inclusive and affordable built environment.

Together with our trainings starting in April and our technical assistance activities, we are nicely busy: happy therefore to welcome three new staff members, Mariana Binder, Rebecca Baugh and Marco Kjaer. Welcome to the Institute Team!

The Institute is looking for potential partner organisations to develop together project proposals for the new Horizon Europe 2023 calls. We are particularly looking at topics under Cluster 5 and Cluster 6. Are you also interested in Horizon Europe new calls? Reach out to us and let’s explore project ideas!


What you can expect

  • Our work builds upon over five decades of combined experience and projects of the International Society of City and Regional Planners and our members. While we are specialising in the fields of capacity development, advisory, and research dissemination, the available expertise spans a vast array of fields and scales.

  • We do believe in the need for novel and innovative approaches to tackle today’s urban challenges. While always building upon the lessons learned, practical experience, and research findings from the past, we value and strongly encourage to question the status quo and constantly aim at using new methods and techniques as well as experimenting with new concepts and approaches.

  • Our strongest asset is by far the collaboration with and contribution of our members and partner-organisations, primarily constituted of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. The collaborating experts of our network cover a broad range of topics, e.g., climate mitigation and adaptation, child-friendly planning, smart & liveable cities, regional development, among many others.


Ideas? Get in Touch.

We are always looking for new partnerships and projects to advance the urban sector. Don’t hesitate to contact us!


Waldorpstraat 17
2521 CA The Hague (NL)


+31 703 462 654