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Open invitation for Cities to be involved in the COST Action

The aim of INTREPID COST Action is to bring together communities of researchers, urban policy-makers and practitioners and funding agencies, contributing to advance our understanding and effective application of an integrated vision of urban issues, i.e. of an interdisciplinary vision tailored for urban needs. A range of actions is designed to draw upon the network’s knowledge of opportunities, success and good practices, as well as conflicts and trade-offs leading to the building of a critical mass of stakeholders to strengthen the European Research capacity to promote, commission, execute and evaluate interdisciplinary research and ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange for and with cities.

Why an integrated vision of urban issues?

As cities are on the front line of today grand societal and environmental challenges, the demand for knowledge grows. Integrated knowledge and science-society collaboration are a precondition to solve these challenges: the complexity and interweavement of issues, possible solutions and related actions ask for true integrated approaches, that strengthen knowledge exchange across different sectors and at multiple scales. Despite frequent calls to foster interdisciplinary research and science-policy interface, active collaboration to date remains uneasy and remains little known.


The INTREPID COST Action is based on the idea that the knowledge needs for urban policies in an unstable world can have a major impact on how interdisciplinary research can be shaped, the extent of integration, and ultimately its effectiveness; and vice-versa. The action aims to develop insights into how to achieve greater and more effective interdisciplinary research in terms of urban development in Europe so as to strengthen our common ability to respond to 21st century challenges.

Why your involvement is essential

To provide information and knowledge necessary to design, prioritize and plan effective city-level action, interdisciplinary research frameworks is highly needed, such as problematics on risks and vulnerabilities of urban population and territory or urban metabolism (that explore material flows and mass balances of water, energy, food, waste, etc.). This integrated knowledge requires environmental science (climate science, ecology…) as well as human and social sciences (health, sociology, anthropology, political science, economy…) and urban design and planning.
As a representative of city practitioner, you are directly involved in important steps of the reciprocal dialogue with scholars. Your experience with and involvement in earlier programs is very valuable, and can contribute to build the necessary knowledge of the current state-of-the-art, ‘best practices’ and also pitfalls in funding interdisciplinary research for knowledge-based policymaking. This is important knowledge to share within the INTREPID network and among its network of stakeholders. Your active participation will be essential in formulating suggestions, recommendations and examples for future research initiatives.


Representatives of funding agencies with an interest in participating in the INTREPID COST Action should subscribe by filling the form available at This will allow them to receive the information bulletins which will be periodically produced during the COST Action. These bulletins will provide detailed information about forthcoming events and opportunities for involvement in activities related to the INTREPID COST Action.