JPI Urban Europe
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.