Within the framework of the existing cooperation arrangements between the EU and China, a consortium of seven European and five Chinese partners will develop an evidence-driven bottom-up approach to complement the existing top-down strategic approach to cooperation in sustainable urbanisation.
Coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the partners will work on a series of actions that include a strategic research and innovation agenda; scoping and assessment; networking events; benchmarking; monitoring; peer learning activities; and joint demonstration projects. The underlying ambition is to address the disconnect between strategic visions and operational realities; coordinate the planning/policy/governance frameworks; and remove language and cultural barriers. The expected results of this 36-month, €1.5 million Horizon 2020 support action, launched on 1 January 2017, include joint policy strategies, a nursery of joint projects, and city-industry-science partnerships. EUROCITIES leads work on matching cities and organising event clusters.