Competition in the world’s cities is becoming fiercer and fiercer, whether it is in commerce, industry, tourism, labour or investment. Therefore, our cities need to be transformed into more sustainable, resilient, and liveable places if they are to compete effectively on a world stage. This transformation isn’t easily achieved; it requires urgent transnational attention in the fields of urban innovation and technological development. JPI Urban Europe responds to this urgency by committing itself to ambitious intra- and interdisciplinary research on a transnational scale. We function as both a gateway and a hub for urban research, facilitating research on a scale which simply could not be carried out by any one nation alone.
Joint Programming is an instrument which was launched by the European Commission in 2008. It was designed for the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) which aims to promote strategic cooperation between EU Member States and associated countries. The instrument is designed to focus on reducing fragmentation in research whilst simultaneously strengthening research and innovation projects by having European countries and actors voluntarily work together and align their national interests. This way they can achieve outcomes on a much larger scale, leading to much more complex research results which can be compared and contrasted across nations. Researchers will be able to learn a lot from this cooperation and comparison of different case studies. We will provide the structures and facilities which will make international cooperation in urban research possible.
The website of the European Commission ‘European Research Area’ provides information about Joint Programming Initiatives:
This EC website provides more information on Joint Programming and related subjects.
As one of the resulting joint programming initiatives the JPI Urban Europe was created in 2010 to address the global urban challenges of today with the ambition to develop a European research and innovation hub on urban matters and create European solutions by means of coordinated research.
Currently, JPI Urban Europe has 13 members: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey are observers, as well as the European Commission. More countries are involved in specific JPI Urban Europe activities.
A Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was developed to identify and agree on research priorities and define joint implementation measures. The SRIA thus aims to consider the diversity of urban and regional research and innovation needs across Europe and also opens the door for small and less RTDI intensive countries to work together in JPI Urban Europe’s activities. To ensure the highest commitment and relevance for all JPI Urban Europe partners, a co-creative process was applied, involving representatives from all stakeholder groups and regions – scientists, funding agencies, cities, business, industry, and civil society.
As a result, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of JPI of Urban Europe ‘Transitions towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures’ describes the long-term strategy, the research priorities and outlines the implementation plan for the timeframe 2015 – 2020.