celebrate 2024

ISOCARP INSTITUTE wishes you happy holidays and a wonderful year of 2024!

ISOCARP INSTITUTE would like to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful year of 2024!

Altogether, our 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 #consultancyservices to government, non-government and international bodies worldwide.

In 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣3️⃣ the INSTITUTE achieved many other accomplishments throughout the year, all of which we are proud to share.

 🌍 We kicked-off three European research projects: UP2030, DUST – Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions, PLUS Change Project, and the Interreg project, DOWN TO EARTH. 

🎆 we successfully completed the 5-year EU Horizon 2020 project, +CityxChange, and the Erasmus Plus project, WAVE.

🔔 we keep pushing our progress in two NbS projects: VARCITIES – Green Cities are Healthier Cities and JUSTNatureProject

🌐 we are developing technical assistance and capacity-building activities in Asia “Urban Climate Resilience and Natural Disaster Management” with the local partner Think City

🎉 we are going to start the new EU Horizon project – REGEN (REGENeration of neighbourhoods towards a low-carbon, inclusive and affordable built environment) next year!

🔜 Connect with us via ISOCARP Institute 𝗨𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲 to strengthen your urban professional network.

🎈 Looking forward to a successful 2024 together. 



Online Courses: Urban Climate Resilience And Natural Disaster Management

Online Courses: Urban Climate Resilience And Natural Disaster Management

ISOCARP Institute and Think City Institute have partnered to develop Smarter, Dynamic, Greener, a series of three online courses that explore environmental and technological challenges in cities across Asia. The programme is oriented around actionable strategies to meet SDGs in the region and targets public and private sector professionals working in Asia. Drawing on up-to-date knowledge from a range of expert lecturers, each course will promote co-creative strategies for resilient development in Asian cities. 

Course Overview

This course was developed to address the increasing challenges and risks posed by climate change on urban areas, focusing on a range of frameworks and strategies to minimise impact. The course explores three main topics. 

The first, Modelling and Assessing Environmental Impact, focuses on the science of climate change and its environmental impact. Participants will explore climate modelling techniques and study various methodologies for environmental assessment. 

The second topic, Infrastructural Solutions for Climate Resilience, is dedicated to the understanding of the strategies, planning and design of climate-resilient infrastructure. 

Finally, the last topic, Mechanisms for sustainable change, explores the policies, practices and strategies aimed at promoting resilience, sustainability, and adaptation in the face of climate challenges.

Take a look at the course structure and detailed information on this link.

For any further inquiries, send an email at duncan.cave@thinkcity.com.my

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Open Call: Seeking Applicants for the PLUS Change Ambassadors of Change programme

Open Call: Seeking Applicants for the PLUS Change Ambassadors of Change programme

PLUS Change is looking for 15 candidates from different cultural and professional backgrounds to join our Ambassadors of Change programme. Selected Ambassadors will contribute to discussions on equitable land use, representing the interests of groups that are often excluded from or underrepresented in land use planning and decision making. By joining PLUS Change as an Ambassador, you can have a voice in helping to build a more equitable, sustainable future!

About the project

PLUS Change: Planning Land Use Strategies: Meeting biodiversity, climate and social objectives in a changing world is funded by the Horizon Europe programme and aims to develop strategies and decision-making processes for land use that address challenges related to climate change, biodiversity, and human well-being. In the project, we consider all types of land use (urban, peri-urban, and rural), including agriculture, industry, urban, and nature.

We bring together diverse stakeholders, working with 12 practice cases from across Europe. In these cases, we explore challenging land use topics, and create plans and strategies for creating sustainable land use futures.

Throughout the project, we adopt a social perspective to understand how values, knowledge, governance, power, and roles of different actors interact to influence land use decisions. We strive to recognise the diverse needs and values associated with land use, considering the consequences of effective interventions and good governance. We are producing a range of tools and interventions to shape how land use decisions are made, by citizens, planners and policy makers. Throughout the project, we have a commitment to justice and equity for sustainability.

About the Ambassador role

Land use and land use change affect everyone. As individuals and communities, our unique priorities, needs and wishes shape the kinds of land use futures we want and need. Not everyone currently has an equal voice in land use decision making, and PLUS Change Ambassadors work to ensure that we consider marginalised voices in our project. These voices will act as a link between their own under-represented communities or interest groups and the activities of the PLUS Change project.

As an ambassador, you will help the project to better understand issues that are important to your community/interest group so that we can address them in project decision making and activities. You will also provide feedback on relevant results and outputs from the project, especially when they are of use to your community/interest group.

Ambassadors will undergo an introductory period in the project, where we will jointly develop a plan for how we will work together, to match the community/interest group you represent. This plan will be mindful of practical constraints and your own priorities, as well as those of the project. Activities might include:

  1. Participation in project meetings and/or visits to practice cases.
  2. Representing project activities and results to your own community/interest group through e.g. seminars, presentations, workshops (as appropriate)
  3. Input to, or review of, emerging project outputs to consider the extent to which your community/interest group is represented.
  4. Advising on, or participating in, dissemination and communication of project progress and results to a broad audience.
  5. Offering guidance or advice as to how the project addresses issues of equity and justice in land use planning to meet climate, biodiversity and wellbeing goals.

Who is an Ambassador?

  1. Ambassadors are people who can represent a community or interest group that is often underrepresented in land use decision making in Europe. This may include (but is not limited to), people who are marginalised based on race, gender, age, location.
  2. Ambassadors do not have to be land use professionals or have backgrounds in the topics we cover.
  3. Ambassadors are ideally already working in an organisation, or part of a club or group, that they can represent in the project. This could include NGOs, associations, hobby-based groups, community organisations, and student organisations.
  4. Ambassadors need to be good communicators in English in order to participate in the project. They must also speak the language(s) of the community/interest group they will represent.


  1. Ideally, ambassadors will join the project in Autumn 2024 and accompany the project through to the summer of 2026.
  2. Each ambassador will receive an honorarium of 3000 Euro to cover their time and (minimal) expenses associated with the role.
  3. Ambassadors will be welcomed into project activities and trainings, and are encouraged to use their connections with the project and partners in ways that benefit their own communities/interest groups.

To apply

We are accepting expressions of interest in joining as an Ambassador on an open basis, until all 15 positions are filled. To be considered for an Ambassador role, please send an email to Prof. Julia Leventon (Coordinator of the PLUS Change project and Head of Department of Human Dimensions by The Institute of Global Change Research of the Czech Academy of Science), at pluschange@czechglobe.cz  Include information about what community/interest group you represent, who you are, and where you are based (your town and country). Please indicate if you are a member of, or work for, a formal organisation or group that you will represent as an Ambassador.

We anticipate filling all roles towards April 2024, and would welcome your expression of interest by then.

In case of questions, please contact Prof. Julia Leventon, as above


+CityxChange Final Conference has concluded

+CityxChange Final Conference has concluded!

On 3-5 October 2023, A series of insightful sessions on the future of Positive Energy Districts and communities were presented at +CityxChange Final Conference in Trondheim, Norway.

During the event project partners shared implementation experiences and lessons learned from the project around 3 themes of Positive Energy Districts: (1) Enabling a common energy market, (2)Creating connected communities, and (3)Recommendations for new policy interventions, market regulations and business models.

  • After months of hard work (based on 5 years of experiences, numerous lessons learned, and of course, many challenges) the +CityxChange final report “How to PED” cookbook was completed. It contains experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations gained throughout the 5 years of the +CityxChange EU Horizon 2020 project, specifically focused on the variety of activities necessary to design and build Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in smart sustainable cities and communities. Over the course of the book it drawn on the experiences and joint efforts of the 2 Lighthouse Cities, 5 Follower Cities, and 26 other partners, to demonstrate what it takes to build a PED.
  • The +CxC project shows the importance of collaboration and co-creation, involving the right people, designing effective pathways for change, deploying strong partnerships and financing, adapting to existing processes or building new ones, developing impactful strategies, building new systems and services, and creating new infrastructure in PED projects.
  • The cookbook represents the processes and results of +CityxChange, where all partners and stakeholders contribute with their own recipes & flavours. Just as in real life, recipes often need adjustment to taste. There is no single way to build a PED, so these recipes from our cities provide guidance through the complexities of the journey and share key information that help initiate and smoothen the processes.
Taliah Dommerholt and Samir Amin, Project managers at ISOCARP Institute participated in the +CityxChange Final Conference, and closed this long journey of the project on behalf of ISOCARP Institute.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the +CityxChange Project. 

You can download the ‘How to PED’ cookbook here

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4th JUSTNature Consortium Meeting

4th JUSTNature Consortium Meeting!

On 10-13 October 2023, Representatives from the 7 cities and 13 organisations that compose the JUSTNature consortium met in person at De Romaanse Poort of Leuven to share experiences and discuss in the 2nd Collaborative CiPeL Workshop, and to review the progress made and the way ahead, especially in light of the review meeting with the Research Executive Agency. As the project transitions into its third year, it now sets its sights on the second phase, which is focused on the implementation of the innovative practices and the dissemination and exploitation of results.

Tannya Pico, Project manager and Methi Laithavewat, Communication manager  at ISOCARP Institute participated in the project meeting in Leuven, Belgium, and presented ongoing communication and dissemination activities, Twinning City activities, and research results on Co-governance indicators and Nature-building communities aiming to establish local coalitions to ensure the ongoing benefits, impact, and maintenance of interventions beyond the project’s duration.

Stay tuned for more updates! And check out the Press Release to discover more about the project.


6th VARCITIES Consortium Meeting

6th VARCITIES Consortium Meeting!

On 14-15 September 2023, the VARCITIES project partners met at the Town Hall of Leuven in Belgium to review the progress made in the project over the past six months and discuss the implementation of the different visionary solutions developed in VARCITIES’ seven Pilots. This September, the project enters its fourth year!

As the project matures and interventions move from implementation to assessing the impacts of nature-based solutions, it is a moment to discuss and generate ideas for implementing the co-evaluation process.

Highlighted Yoann Clouet, Project manager at ISOCARP Institute, who participated in the project meeting in Leuven, Belgium, presented ongoing communication and dissemination activities and planned to ramp up event participation and dissemination towards specific target audiences. Especially with the ICT components of the project going live soon.

Stay tuned for more updates! And check out the Press Release to discover more about the project.

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Down To Earth Study Visit in Molise, Italy

Study Visit in Molise, Italy

From 11th to 13th September 2023, Down to Earth partners were in the Italian region of Molise for the first Study Visit of the project. Organised by project partner Municipality of Campobasso, we explored how the Municipality and its local partners address the challenges related to the topic of Year 1: “Environmental risks related with depopulation and ageing population in rural areas”.

Notably with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Projects in the area are strongly supported by the policy instrument: “Let’s build the future together: new connections for the Campobasso Vast Area Strategy – Strategic Plan for the Campobasso Vast Area”, which will be improved thanks to the exchange of experiences permitted by Down to Earth.  

Throughout this 3-day first Study visit, Down to Earth partners discovered how the challenges of depopulation and ageing population are addressed in Campobasso, illustrating possibilities and activities to manage, maintain and improve natural capital, reduce the risk and impact of environmental disasters, while generating economic and social opportunities to attract people to rural areas. Yoann Clouet, Project managers at ISOCARP Institute participated in the visit.

Read the full press release in this link.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Communication & Graphic Design Officer


ISOCARP Institute  – Den Haag, Netherlands

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About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Centre for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design and deliver capacity-building and educational programmes. The Institute is involved in several projects and collaborates with a range of international partners. 

Internship description:

We are seeking a Communications & Graphic Design Officer to join our growing team and support the day-to-day implementation of our projects and Institute. In this position, you will support and assist us in the delivery of our multiple projects, including the visual design of project material (e.g., creation of infographics/multi-media output), web development, social media management/content creation, and video editing; as well as the general external communication of the Institute.  

To apply for this position, you should have knowledge of WordPress and graphic design programmes, including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premier, etc.  

You will further assist in the management of our online knowledge base, which includes the development of a new strategy for our company website.

Main tasks & responsibilities: 

Communication and Social media: 

  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of communication tasks within our projects
  • Prepare engaging visual materials, handbooks, infographics and manuals and assist in formalizing presentations, designing handouts, and booklets
  • Manage the social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) of the Institute and our EU projects (creating content and other informative materials)
  • Support the creation of local communications campaigns for cities and project partners 


  • Translate thematic & technical concepts into compelling visual outputs
  • Design and implement all types of graphic design work including reports, publications, posters, brochures, flyers, logos/visual identities, banners, and multi-media creatives;
  • Ensure project branding, style, and tone are implemented across all channels

Website Management: 

  • Support with the upgrade of the Institute and project websites (plan, implement, manage, monitor improvements) 
  • Create website content (including writing press releases, blog posts, media articles, newsletters, etc.)
  • Manage the Institute’s Knowledge Base, including its ongoing restructuring, the development of creative ideas for multimedia content, and organising and updating content libraries/repositories
  • Update website content aligned to the organization’s strategy and events; 
  • Improve user experience of the websites regularly. 

In addition, you: 

  • Bring an enthusiastic and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment. 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders. 
  • Can work independently and pro-actively 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously.


  • You hold a Master’s degree or other advanced qualifications in the fields of Communications & Design, and you have a background or strong interest in the field of urban studies/urban planning. Relevant work experience can replace the need for a Master’s degree.  
  • You understand how to appeal to and tailor communications and dissemination outputs to different audiences.
  • You can independently design high quality material and respond well to feedback.
  • You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in communications and design.
  • You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other (European) languages are an asset.
  • You preferably have 1 year working experience in the field of communications and design.
  • We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all nationalities, but you must hold valid EU citizenship or have a valid EU residence permit and Dutch work permit).

What do we offer: 

  • 28-32 hrs/week.
  • Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team.
  • The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments
  • A competitive salary.
  • Hybrid working options and flexible hours.
  • Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment
  • Opportunities to grow as a communication professional specialising in translating complex information into legible material
  • The opportunity to potentially transition to a permanent position or through varied assignments.

Due to legal reasons, applicants must hold EU citizenship or a valid EU residence permit and a valid Dutch work permit. Applications who do not meet these conditions will not be considered for the position. 

How to apply: 

Send an application to dommerholt@isocarp-institute.org containing:

  1. CV (pdf titled: surname_comms_CV)
  2. Motivation letter (pdf titled: surname_comms_ML)
  3. Portfolio (pdf titled: surname_comms_portfolio)

Subject Line of your email: Surname, Comms Officer

In your email or cover letter, please indicate your current citizenship/residence permit/work permit situation.

Deadline to apply: 13 October 2023 

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Taliah Dommerholt (Project Manager) dommerholt@isocarp-institute.org 

Request for external services Booklet Creation

Request for external services Booklet Creation


As part of our activities, we are involved in +CityxChange, a smart city project granted funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. We are looking for someone to design a ‘Cookbook’ on how to build Positive Energy Districts (PEDs), based on the learnings and experiences gained throughout our project. 

The idea is that by presenting our results in a cookbook format, the final product will be accessible to policymakers and other interested stakeholders, so that they can tailor and replicate the project results in their own cities. Necessary skills include digital document creation (graphic and layout design), proofing, and preparing for print/online dissemination. For the online version, we would like some of the illustrations to have small, animated features that can possibly be published separately as GIFs, so animation skills are an asset! A separate illustrator will create the sketches, although this can be negotiated, if you would be interested in creating the illustrations yourself.

The text should be completed mid- to end-august, meaning design work will take place from
mid-August through the month of September. The final due date is October 1.

The terms or reference for Booklet Creation are available here.

Interested? Please send your proposal by 04.08.2023 to dommerholt@isocarp-institute.org and


External control and audit of expenses

External control and audit of expenses 


For projects we are implementing with the support of the European Union, the ISOCARP Institute must have its expenses controlled and certified.

For an Horizon 2020 project, we are looking for an auditor to certify our expenses in October 2023.

For an Interreg Europe project, we are looking for a financial controller with whom we would work until the end of the project in 2027.

The terms or reference for the Auditor are available here.

The terms or reference for the Controller are available here.

Interested? Reach out to info@isocarp-institute.org and send your proposal by 31.08.2023