Fundamental trends such as climate change, technological advances and the shift in economic powers globally are changing the playing field for cities worldwide. Successful cities of the future need to face these challenges and capture the opportunities which arise through the impact of local and global megatrends. To do this cities need to boost their capabilities and organizing capacities to design, and execute, innovative strategies for sustainable competitiveness.

"As cities worldwide face the challenge of growing economically while balancing the social and environmental side of the city to remain sustainable in the future, they need to develop their urban projects in such a way that they have a clear vision and goals, are well managed and involve a broad range of parties working together effectively to be able to create successful and sustainable outcomes."

This is one of the findings from the joint research project set up and conducted by the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur), PwC and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) supported by the City of Rotterdam. This collaborative research was established to support cities from around the world in their search for innovative urban solution to drive sustainable urban competitiveness and learn how to make this happen.

The results of this global research are summarized in the 'iUrban - Innovative city strategies for sustainable competitiveness' - summary report, which analyses 24 urban projects in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK, United Arab Emirates and the US.

The report looks at how cities can achieve good growth while nurturing sustainable competitiveness; how they can keep growing and developing over time while fostering social cohesion and environmental quality to enable the city continue to attract citizens, businesses, and visitors alike.

On this website you will find more details on the research, the report and the outcomes of the conference held in Rotterdam 9-11 April to share the results of our research with city representatives and urban stakeholders from around the world.