ABOUT US

Our approach

Our Role in Urban Development

With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise manifested in the members and within the parent institution – the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) – we initiated the Institute as a platform and research branch for generating and disseminating knowledge for better cities.

During the past fifty years, ISOCARP has successfully organised annual international congresses receiving numerous papers, articles and contributions thus accruing a wealth of knowledge. Furthermore, ISOCARP has initiated many international workshops, regional seminars as well as training sessions with and for young and senior planning professionals and has published numerous reports and articles in the annual Review. With this legacy, ISOCARP has accumulated the resources, skills and deep-rooted know-how central to support and exchange knowledge with the ISOCARP Institute, the Centre for Urban Excellence. We are committed to knowledge generation, documentation and dissemination of research and projects advancing the future of sustainable urban regions.

Read more in our Annual Report 2018-2019.

Read more in our Annual Report 2019-2020.

Read more in our Annual Report 2020-2021.

Read more in our Annual Report 2021-2022.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is enriching the knowledge base and developing the capacity of individuals, organisations and institutions partaking in shaping and developing human settlements. We strive to bridge the gap between planning theory and practice while contributing to knowledge generation and dissemination, fostering sustainability and effective functioning of human settlements.

OUR VISION

The Institute is initiated as a world class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence which empowers individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. We aim to bring together global planning experts and institutions to facilitate broader research communication and dissemination, as well as conducting professional educational programmes.

OUR OBJECTIVES

The Institute’s prime objectives are strengthening cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices, all while serving as a “Urban Think Tank” facilitating the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities.

GOVERNANCE

Board of Directors

Daniele Vettorato

Daniele Vettorato

Director
Daniele (Italy) leads a research team in urban and regional energy systems in the institute for Renewable Energy at EURAC Research, based in Bolzano, Italy. He holds a PhD from the University of Trento, focused on sustainable energy in cities and regions. Daniele has co-authored over 50 and has been invited as lecturer and speaker in more than 50 events.
Didier Vancutsem

Didier Vancutsem

Director
Didier Vancutsem (Germany/Belgium) is a consultant with extensive experience in urban and regional planning, landscape planning, infrastructure, environmental management and integrated strategies. He is professor and lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles / Faculty of Architecture and other universities in Belgium, France, Germany and Russia.

RESEARCH & DESIGN

The Team

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Taliah Dommerholt

Project manager
Taliah joined ISOCARP in April 2022 to manage EU Horizon projects. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainability and social justice, specializing in urban transitions, nature-based solutions, community mobilization, sociology, and environmental policy.

Methi Laithavewat

Communication manager
Methi joined ISOCARP in May 2022 to work with communication and dissemination across EU Horizon projects and Institute activities. His background in architecture, urban design, planning, and management make him passionate about public participation and engagement in urban development.
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Yoann Clouet

Project manager
Prior to joining ISOCARP in September 2022, Yoann worked for three years in the EU office of the Regional Council of Normandy in Brussels, where he was mostly dealing with projects and funding instruments linked with the EU urban and regional policies.
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Tannya Pico

Project Manager
Tannya is an architect with broad practices in architectural design, urbanism, construction management, and academia. She is doing her PhD studies in Urban Governance and Development on the topic of the absorptive capacities of local stakeholders for the concept of Nature-Based Solutions in the Ecuadorian urban context.
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Samir Amin

Project Manager
Samir joined ISOCARP in September 2022 to work across EU Horizon projects. He comes from a background in sustainable urban development and holds a master’s degree in Metropolitan Analysis Design and Engineering. He is specialised in urban policy, circularity, social justice and community mobilisation.
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Maja Paskalova-Utkovska

Financial Administrator
Maja joined ISOCARP Institute in Dec-2022 as a Financial Administrator. She has extensive experience and knowledge of banking financial services industry, products, and solutions. She holds a university degree in Economics, department management. Still committed to learning, development and growth, she recently obtained Dutch Financial WFT and CDD Certificates.

PAST STAFF

David Struik | Tjark Gall | Anna Myllymäki | Sindi Haxhija | Federico Aili

Marie-Sophie Barreau | Gisela Garrido Veron | Johnathan Subendran | Yirang Lim | Willem-Paul Herber

As an Institute, we are committed to gender parity. Read about our gender equality plan here.

OUR EXPERTISE

Effective communication and dissemination of global sustainable urban research and facilitating professional workshops.

Our focus lies on generating new insights from urban research through effective communication and facilitating and fostering the knowledge which exists in ISOCARP's member base.

Communication & Dissemination
Workshop Facilitation
Training & Capacity Building
Applied Research

In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organised around citizenship – around participation in public life.

Rebecca Solnit

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

OUR NETWORK

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)

The most substantial element of our work is ISOCARP and its over 850 global members. We are aiming at generating as many co-benefits as possible and advancing the objectives of the Society further, while establishing a stronger research and proactive organisation branch through the Institute.

OUR PARTNERS