The 3 Pillars of ISOCARP Institute

Institute Research

ISOCARP Institute aims to distil and further capitalise the urban knowledge of ISOCARP members and urban professionals by initiating, developing and managing research activities related to urban development. Institute Research is exploring and identifying research topics and programmes, developing research ideas and exploring urban development trends.

We actively contribute to the urban research community through our work on research projects, publications, and strong network of academic professionals. Our work carries on the contribution to EU and global research projects initiated by the International Society of City and Regional Planners since 2016.

In November 2018, the project Positive City Exchange (+CxC) started and constitutes the first project solely operated within the Institute. ISOCARP Institute has been granted EU funding from other H2020 funded project on the various topics; VARCITIES (2020-2025), JUSTNature (2021-2026), DUST (2023-2026), and UP2030 (2023-2025)

In our research project we focus on a wide range of fields related to urban development, such as climate mitigation and adaptation, urban resilience, public spaces, smart cities, urban culture and heritage, etc. We always seek for new programmes and collaboration with other partners and organisations.

CxC2

+CityxChange

EU H2020 Project

+CityxChange is a smart city project granted funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings the two aspiring Lighthouse Cities Trondheim (NO) and Limerick (IE) together with distinguished five Follower Cities to underline their ambition to achieve sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establish a 100% renewable energy city-region by 2050.

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VAR

VARCITIES

EU H2020 Project

VARCITIES is an ambitious project that puts the citizens and the “human communities” at the centre of future cities’ visionThe project officially started in September 2020 and it will last until February 2025.

 

Seven Pilot Cities will test and implement a series of innovative nature-based actions that support creativity, inclusivity, health, and happiness.

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JN

JUSTNature

EU H2020 Project

JUSTNature is a nature-based solutions (NbS) project granted funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Based on the principle of the right to ecological space, It brings seven City Practice Labs (CiPels) to underline their ambition to achieve just transition toward low carbon cities.

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think nature

Think Nature

EU H2020 Project

In order to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies, Nature-Based Solutions are an important topic on the EU Research and Innovation policy agenda. The ThinkNature project is part of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and has received funding under grant agreement No 730338. The objective of the ThinkNature project is the development of a platform that supports the understanding and the promotion of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).

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UP2030

UP2030

EU H2020 Project

Urban Planning and design ready for 2030 (UP2030) is a climate-neutral and smart cities project aiming to provide “guidance” for cities to reach their climate-neutral goals. The project involves a total of 46 participants, including 12 countries from the European Union.

 

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Dust

DUST

EU H2020 Project

Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions (DUST) project will develop and operationalise novel participatory instruments for proactive and strategic citizen engagement in sustainability transitions at the regional scale. The project addresses a defining societal and democratic challenge for Europe, especially in structurally weak regions dependent on energy-intensive industries, which will be most affected by transitions towards a more sustainable future.

 

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PlusChange

EU H2020 Project

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EXPERIENCE

Our Capabilities

The Institute’s prime strengths include supporting cross-border collaboration globally; upholding professional excellence in planning; offering trainings 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.

We contribute actively to the urban research community through our work on EU Research Projects, publications, academic exchange, and strong network of academic professionals. More

We support public and private institutions through a variety of programmes, including the Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs), technical assistance and review, building upon over 55 years of knowledge generation. More

Through our new branch – the ISOCARP Institute Academy – we facilitate our vast network and train young professionals and public representatives through our Young Planning Professionals Programme, seminars, and online education. More

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