Project Team

Informed Cities ​aims to develop a framework to understand the challenges, changing landscape and future of knowledge management in cities. The project takes stock of the wealth of information management needs and demands now confronting cities, as with the rise of 'big data', the calls for open data accessibility, the vast circulation of urban development models and standards, and the pressing expansion of major international prcesses like Habitat III and the SDGs which will put further demands onto local government to assess, account for, and analyse. 


The project seeks to answer a variety of questions: Where do local governments source core evidence for their policies? Is this information at the right scale and in the right form? Do cities need scientific advisers and can they 'own' the information the plan on? A first phase of the project takes stock from the lessons of over 10 international cases from develioping and developed countries, to understand how diverse cities collect, analyse and share information. this phase is then followed by further empirical anlaysis and international benchmarking, along with an additional specific focus (phase 2) on the UK landcsape and the impact of devolution agendas on to how cities manage knowledge.


The project is developed thanks to core funding from UCL STEaPP, aiming at investigating the dynamics of science advice and science diplomacy, core to STEaPP's mission, at the local scale of urban governance. The project is also carried out in collaboration with the team responsible to deliver Learning from Crisis and the governability grip assessment of urban infrastructure for the EPSRC.

Project summary

"informed cities: an assessment of urban information ecosystem "


a summary of project approach & pilot

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