New EC report for the future of cities

The majority of the global population currently live in urban areas, and this is expected to increase in the future. The importance and role of cities is increasing recognised – the future of cities will greatly impact all of our futures.

The new report “The future of cities – opportunities, challenges and the way forward” highlights the main challenges faced by cities and the people living within them currently and towards the future.

This report is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the science and knowledge service of the European Commission (EC), and supported by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). It highlights drivers shaping the urban future, identifying both the key challenges cities will have to address and the strengths they can capitalise on to proactively build their desired futures. The main aim of this report is to raise open questions and steer discussions on what the future of cities can, and should be, both within the science and policymaker communities.

Download the report here