Closer Cities

Countless urban initiatives worldwide deserve more attention than they currently receive. This platform seeks to accelerate their impact.


Closer Cities is a scientific research project. By analysing urban projects, we gain a better understanding of how to make optimal use of urban knowledge all around the world. We give this knowledge back to you - urban actors, case submitters, fellow researchers and more - through online events. Advancing urban knowledge transfer increases the impact of urban initiatives and promotes the Sustainable Development Goals. Become part of this movement!

Why Closer Cities?

  • For practitioners & researchers
  • Open source
  • Non-profit
  • Focus on SDG's
  • Truly global
Urban practice - Urban science

How it works

Closer Cities is all about world citizenship by urban actors: sharing knowledge and best practices. They are too good to keep to yourself - we call upon all urban actors to join the movement!

Share a project

Submit a case

  • think of a project worth sharing
  • an inspiring project you work on
  • a project that will interest others
  • use the form on the website
  • your case is featured on platform
submit a case

How do we use the data?

  • big data analysis on all cases
  • open source availability
  • research and education purposes
  • translation into practical use
  • researchers will reflect on outcomes
How we use data

What's in it for you?

  • benchmark your project
  • learn from other projects
  • participate in events
  • be part of a global urban community
  • contribute to essential research
what's in it for you?

Urban Practice

On this part of the platform: concrete examples of urban projects, covering a wide range of different areas. They are submitted by researchers, social entrepreneurs, people who work for local government authorities, and so on. It’s a place to find inspiration; perhaps there’s information that could be applied to your own city!


Share a project

Urban projects, shared with the world:

Discover the projects from all around the world that could make a difference in your city.


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