The Urban Knowledge Collective

...is an international network of urban actors

The Urban Knowledge Collective forms a community of international urban actors – with and by you! As a non-profit association founded by students of urban research programs we want to open up and perpetuate the exchange of city-specific knowledge pools. Whether you are a student, alumni, practitioner, activist, NGO, university, research institute or enthusiast – you assemble a lot of local, all-day-life and academic knowledge you can share! We invite you to collaboratively design working processes with, by and for urban actors and urbanists. Get in touch!

...wants socially just and sustainable cities

Many societal problems we face today (social inequality, shortage of affordable housing, etc.) manifest themselves in cities and can also be tackled there. Due to their multi-layered causes there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to urban issues. Accordingly, we empower urban actors to think and act internationally and beyond city boundaries. We believe that radical social change can only be achieved through collective action.

...co-produces and shares knowledge

As urban actors we have a direct impact on our environment. We learn from it and become experts of our city and its peculiarities. The urban knowledge we acquire is therefore bound to a concrete place. Very valuable but how can we contextualize knowledge? Our approach aims for putting transdisciplinary and international knowledge transfer into practice. We establish a digital platform for the common-good-oriented exchange of skills and expertise – to enable international urban actors to work together and to build alliances in the quest for more just urban realities.

…is an open and experimental process

Like cities, the Urban Knowledge Collective has an open, transformable and processual form. To search and find common-good-oriented forms, we need to get in touch with different perspectives, positions and people. The UKC is what you want it to be! We invite you to conceptualize, communicate and organize the collective production of urban knowledge.