Solving societal challenges of post-industrial cities, collaboratively

UNIC CityLabs are physical and virtual meeting points where students, citizens, academia and city stakeholders work together to identify and solve societal challenges faced by post-industrial superdiverse cities.

UNIC CityLabs brings science to the city and contributes to the resilience and renaissance of Europe’s post-industrial urban centres by examining challenges that are related to EU’s Urban Agenda. It discusses themes such as Climate adaptation, Culture and cultural heritage, Digital transition, Strategic planning and Housing, Inclusion of migrants and refugees in cities, & Jobs and skills in the local economy CityLabs are used to research and develop Post-Industrial cities with Engaged Research.

UNIC CityLabs gathers the expertise of students, academics, and citizens to tackle societal challenges following to the CityLabs method. The problem-solving process of CityLabs follows three main steps:

First the specific societal challenges, root causes and core problems of post-industrial cities are identified locally.

The identified societal challenges are solved at UNIC-wide co-creation events where heterogenous teams tackle the challenges collaboratively. Leveraging the diversity of the UNIC network widens perspectives, magnifies creativity, and boosts problem-solving and could even lead to finding solutions to wicked problems.

Ultimately, local experts and administrators offer support and guidance for materialising created solutions and connect creators with necessary people and resources. The aim of these local events is to help implement the most viable solutions locally and identify ways to overcome barriers for societal impact. The knowledge and practices produced in CityLabs are shared in the Open Case Repository.

Anyone interested is welcome to join UNIC CityLabs events and contribute to cases by providing insights, ideas, and solutions. Participation in a European network of students, academics, and citizens is a great way to learn to apply and create knowledge for societal impact. Find upcoming UNIC CityLabs events here:

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14 Jun 2023 - 14 Jun 2023

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UNIC Lifelong Learning Workshop Series, Workshop 6 | Identifying Exper...

This workshop is aimed at Lifelong Learning professionals, in particular those working with hi...

04 Apr 2023 - 04 Apr 2023

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UNIC Lifelong Learning Workshop Series | Workshop 5: Kids4Alll – Stra...

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28 Feb 2023 - 28 Feb 2023

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UNIC CityLabs welcomes you to research and develop your city. As a researcher and organization, you can provide cases to be investigated at UNIC CityLabs. You can find examples of CityLabs cases in the UNIC Open Case Repository:

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UNIC Lightning Bites - The role of mother language in shaping identity...

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UNIC Lightning Bites - Multilingualism and cultural understanding

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