Participatory lab generated directions to integrate R&I in urban governance

JPI Urban Europe, together with the European Commission, hosted a participatory lab at the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities 11- 14 October. The purpose was to investigate how national and EU programming support can step up the game towards 2030. Read conclusions and access session materials.

Summary of the session

What can be said about urban integrated approaches – between the green and digital transitions and the New European Bauhaus? In this session we tried to develop capacity-building for those implementing EU cohesion policy, and in light of the proposed European Partnership Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) and the European Urban Initiative (EUI): How can national and EU programming support stepping up the game towards 2030?

The Green Deal, in a systemic sense, to a large extent hinges upon developing clean tech, digitalisation and infrastructures and so addressing the sociotechnical regimes around resource use and production, creating markets, etc. The New European Bauhaus (NEB), the soul of the Green Deal as von der Leyen puts it, seems intended to ‘secure’ the design and aesthetic qualities of our everyday surroundings, products – a kind of cultural liveability? NEB keywords here are collective thinking in shaping knowledge and action. So, what about the urban dimension in this overall European policy package and emerging movement? Drawing on the recently updated Leipzig Charter, when it comes to urban issues, integrated and co-creative experimental approaches are core to how sustainable urbanisation are to be moved on. This is particularly so concerning core issues such as urban productivity, equity and just urban transitions, and the greening of our cities.

The session provided glimpses and signals on opportunities to move the mindsets on the urban dimension forwards; stepping up local ambitions.

The participants shared their curiosities and concerns to these approaches and opportunities via MENTI. The aim was to keep developing the sense of the urban dimension in European policy as a crosscutting concern. How do we connect the dots between the various fields and sectors required to work with this?

The session gave much discussion and potential directions on how to integrate R&I in urban governance, planning and development. Participants discussed the importance of experimental innovation platforms and urban research ecologies to co-design the built environment. Urban research needs a challenge-driven approach to ensure urban governance capacity-building towards sustainable urbanisation.


  • Carolin NEVEJAN (Chief Science Officer, City of Amsterdam)
  • Margit NOLL (Management Board Chair JPI Urban Europe)
  • Jan SCHULTHEISS (Vibrant Communities, National Urban Development Projects, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community)
  • Pia LAURILA (Policy officer – Urban policy, EC Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy)
  • Jonas Bylund (Session Moderator and Research- and Innovation officer in the JPI Urban Europe Management Board)


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Materials from the session

Mentimeter results

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