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 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 topic of nature-based solutions, VARCITIES (2020-2025) and JUSTNature (2021-2026).

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.


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 six City Practice Labs (CiPels):




Merano & Bolzano-Italy


and Szombathely-Hungary

to underline their ambition to achieve just transition toward low carbon cities.

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EU H2020 Project

In an increasingly urbanised world, cities face several challenges and threats and struggle to propose credible urban futures and new opportunities for their citizens. VARCITIES is an ambitious project that puts the citizens and the “human communities” at the centre of future cities’ vision. The project officially started in September 2020 and it will last until February 2025. Eight Pilot Cities will test and implement a series of innovative nature-based actions that support creativity, inclusivity, health, and happiness.

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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 Follower Cities Alba Iulia (RO), Pisek (CZ), Võru (EST), Smolyan (BG) and Sestao (ES), 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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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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