Centre for Urban Studies named Innovating Research Centre by United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme
The Amsterdam Centre for Urban Studies is recognized by the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme as Innovating Research Centre. The Global Compact Cities Programme (or Cities Programme) is the urban component of the United Nations Global Compact; the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative which strives to create sustainable societies in which economic, ecological, political and cultural issues are integrated and advanced. To that end, the Global Compact Cities Programme provides a clear framework for translating urban sustainability principles into day-to-day urban governance and management.
In this, Innovating Research Centres have an important role to play. The Centres conduct research, develop policy, support learning, and communicate on urban sustainability in ways that significantly benefit cities, either directly or indirectly. The Amsterdam Centre for Urban Studies was recognized by the Cities Programme for its leading research, action and connectedness, which reflects the Centre's existing stature in the fields of planning, governance, transportation, housing, and other questions of social sustainability.
Other institutes that were appointed ‘Innovating Research Centre’ by the UN GCCP are the Institute for Culture and Society (University of Western Sydney), the Cities Group (Kings College London), the National Institute of Urban Affairs (New Delhi), and the School of Architecture & Design (Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Brazil).