SRIA_omslag_200px_WEBThe Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) represents the long-term strategy and program for JPI Urban Europe during 2015-2020. It includes priorities, actions, instruments, resources and an implementation timeline.
The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe proudly presented its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda during its SRIA Launching event at the end of September 2015.

The research agenda defines urban research priorities for transnational cooperation. Its ambition is to set the scene for a new paradigm in research, technology development and innovation, embracing the complexity of the grand challenge of urbanization and bridging the innovation space from strategic research to implementation.

The SRIA comprises five thematic priorities, which add to the development of essential urban transition pathways:

  1. Vibrant urban economies
  2. Welfare & Finance
  3. Urban Environmental Sustainability and Resilience
  4. Accessibility & Connectivity
  5. Urban Governance & Participation


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The agenda was developed in an intensive co-creation process. These joint efforts based on a broad stakeholder involvement will be continued throughout the implementation phase of the research agenda. The overarching principle of the SRIA is that it actively supports the alignment and coordination of regional, national and European research, technological development and innovation in the field of urban development.

Documents and Publications

The research Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe released two studies on urban global megatrends:

  • JPI URBAN EUROPE POLICIY PAPER – A screening of Urban Megatrends
  • URBAN MEGATRENDS: Towards a European Research Agenda

The studies concern  climate change, economic and demographic development and their long term impacts on European cities and urban regions. The reports were presented and debated at a high level event organised at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 27 March 2014. One of the most important conclusions is the need for increased co-production of knowledge in order to bridge the gap between civil society, citizen participation, policy development as well as research and innovation.