New Climate Economy: Coalition for Urban Transitions

Coalition for Urban Transitions

The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a Special Initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE). LSE Cities is co-leading research into how to finance this transition and what policy tools are available to do so. This makes up two of the Coalition’s core work streams.

The Coalition for Urban Transitions is an international initiative to support decision makers to meet the objective of unlocking the power of cities for enhanced national economic, social, and environmental performance, including reducing the risk of climate change. It is hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and jointly managed by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and WRI with a dedicated delivery team.

The Coalition will provide an independent, evidence based approach for thinking about how to transition towards compact, connected and coordinated (3C) cities to ensure that the growth of urban areas, and the accompanying process of economic, social, and environmental transformation, maximises benefits for people and the planet.

The Coalition is composed of leaders from think tanks, research institutions, city networks, international organisations, infrastructure providers, and strategic advisory companies.

LSE Cities co-leads the research for the Financing the Urban Transition workstream together with PwC. The workstream aims to answer which major national financing mechanisms or other funding innovations, including international and domestic investment flows, could be used to cover the incremental up-front costs of smarter urban infrastructure?

Following an initial scoping phase, a first working paper and accompanying policy maker summary was published in late 2017. This will be followed up with additional research papers and workshops in 2018 and 2019.

LSE Cities co-leads the workstream on National Policy Levers with the OECD. The workstream aims to answer how major national policy frameworks, instruments or innovations in rapidly urbanising regions could be used to scale up and shift national urban development towards more compact, connected, low carbon urban growth.

Following an initial scoping phase, a first working paper was published in December 2017. This will be followed up with additional research papers and workshops in 2018 and 2019.

Note that Philipp Rode is also a member of the steering group designed to support the Coalition for Urban Transitions with strategic advice, technical expertise, and academic research.

Working papers