Urban Europe Research Alliance

The Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) is bringing together the research performing organisations and aims to strengthen, expand and optimise coordination activities and research planning in Europe in order to avoid fragmentation and optimise resources in the field of urban research and innovation capabilities.

UERA is one of the key initiatives of JPI Urban Europe. Currently UERA brings together around thirty European research organisations from thirteen different countries. We are creating a community of researchers, professors, and PhD students. Together this community will be able to conduct work which will advance scientific excellence in the field of urban research. This community is bound by research which uses approaches that are integrated, systemic, environmental, and socio-economical in their consideration.

UERA coordinator
Anne Ruas, IFSTTAR





Relationship with JPI Urban Europe

The Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) is an initiative of JPI Urban Europe. This means we mainly contribute to the JPI Urban Europe Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) implementation. In this way, we participate to JPI UE’s Symposia, to the definitions of JPI Urban Europe’s calls and their priorities. We even facilitate the bringing together of research partners for new project proposals, which is one of Urban Europe’s key aims. As the SRIA is designed as a living and progressive concept, UERA participates to the identification of new trends and to the exploration of new directions and issues.

JPI Urban Europe Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)

Achieving UERA’s ambitions

We aim to strengthen, expand and optimise the European Development of new urban research and innovation capabilities. To achieve these ambitions a few goals need to be pursued. Firstly, we must create a shared vision on European urban research. Secondly, we must create common projects by pooling resources and integrating activities which will help up avoid fragmentation and optimise resources. Thirdly, we aim to share world-class national facilities such as data bases, observatories, and living labs. Not only will we pursue these goals but we shall also organise workshops and conferences, set up a coordinated exchange programme, and promote training. All of this will allow our members to gather, share, and disseminate their results. If we pursue these ambitions with full force, UERA could become a key player in dialogue at both the European and International level shaping and influencing policy processes.


Currently UERA brings together around thirty eight European research organisations from fourteen different countries.

You are welcome to join UERA, it takes only two steps.

1. Application for UERA Membership
Fill in the Application form for UERA Membership and the UERA Member profile forms.

Download Application form for UERA Membership
Download UERA Member profile

Send both documents to the UERA coordinator Anne Ruas, anne.ruas@ifsttar.fr.

2. UERA Membership
If the General Assembly approves your application for UERA membership, then fill in and sign the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ and the ‘Member representative’ forms.
Send both documents to the UERA coordinator Anne Ruas, anne.ruas@ifsttar.fr.

UERA Strategy & Roadmap
UERA Terms of Reference

Activites for UERA members

UERA members are invited to participate to the updating process of the JPI Urban Europe strategic research agenda SRIA SRIA 2.0 process:

Go to the online consultation

Read more about the Strategic Dialogue in Bucharest

The pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, NSFC (China) and JPI Urban Europe have agreed to a long-term cooperation under the strategic theme Sustainable Urbanisation in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change. The pilot call is a joint initiative of nine European funding agencies participating in JPI Urban Europe and NSFC in China.

More information

4-5 June 2018, Milan
UERA Meeting: Writing a Position Paper Members only


Green infrastructures
Presentations aimed to collect relevant experiences on green infrastructures (Nature Based Solutions) to be presented during a series of 6 UERA webinars foreseen form January to May 2018 as summarized here:

Webinar dates

GI-webinar 5 – 15 May
“Two interdisciplinary approaches of research applied to urban green infrastructures and urban allotment gardens in Nantes, France” Katia Chancibault (IFSTTAR)

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Other activities

20 April 2018
COST ACTION deadline presentation on «Improving science-policy interface for the transition to smart sustainable city” UERA partners motivated to participate to the COST action on Science Policy for Urban transition should contact UERA (borsboom@ntnu.no) in February 2018.

Accessibility and  Connectivity Workshop the 20th of June in Lyon
Accessibility and connectivity are core concerns in the sustainable transformations of cities. In preparation of the next call on “accessibility and connectivity” set up by the JPI Urban Europe, UERA is organising this workshop.

Please register before the 21st of may 2018 (see the PDF below for the program and registration)

Program and registration Accessibility and Connectivity Workshop the 20th of June in Lyon

This workshop is associated with NECTAR cluster workshop 18-19 June 2018 in Lyon organised by y LAET lab (http://www.laet.science/)

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July 2018, Newcastle University, Newcastle
Summer School
EERA (energy) and UERA are proposing a summer school focused on “Smart, Sustainable Cities” Monday 23 – Friday 27 July 2018 at the university of Newcastle.

More information

4-5 June
Workshop in Milan on Green Cities (TWG2)

November 2018
Conference on Accessibility and Mobility in Urban Systems as Innovative Good Practices of Territorialisation.
Location: Roma Tre University
Times and dates: TBA


Nature Based Solution – Benefits and impacts at urban level, Edoardo Croci, Benedetta Lucchitta, UERA webinar, Thematic Working group 2: Green cities, January, 24th


Strategy and roadmap UERA Urban Europe Research Alliance

The 4 UERA Thematic Working Groups

Urban economies and Welfare
Coordinator: Maria Beatrice Andreucci

Urban Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

Coordinator: Edoardo Croci

Accessibility and Connectivity

Coordinator: Alain L’Hostis

Urban Governance and Participation

Coordinator: TBD




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