industrial cities

Urban Transitions Alliance

A city network and knowledge-exchange hub of transformative urban policies and projects.

urban transitions alliance

Since the first industrial revolution, extractive and manufacturing industries have formed the backbone of many local economies and led to the rapid urbanization of their surrounding areas. However, the industrial city as a model for urban development proved not to be sustainable.

The Urban Transitions Alliance, an initiative led by ICLEI, and supported by the Stiftung Mercator, presents an opportunity for industrial and former industrial cities across the world to become global leaders in sustainable urban development. 

The Alliance provides the infrastructure and support cities need to identify common challenges, share knowledge, co-create solutions and forge strong working relationships with local government peers, experts from the research community, and private sector solution providers.

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Urban Transitions Alliance: Objectives

The Urban Transitions Alliance is designed for ambitious cities with industrial legacies to share knowledge, discover new solutions, and better navigate their urban transitions towards a sustainable and equitable future.

Legacy cities define their own transition paths, aiming to become global leaders in sustainable urban development, move towards more vibrant, sustainable local economies, leverage their heritage for new economic opportunities, and improve their local environments and the lives of residents.

As a continuously evolving knowledge hub of innovative urban transition policies and projects, the Urban Transitions Alliance is paving the way for other industrial cities to follow.

Urban Transitions Alliance: Activities

The Urban Transitions Alliance is a service and support tool for cities to access the expertise, research, and collaborative space they need for existing and future transition plans. Through the Alliance, participants:

  • Shape the exchange focus according to their most pressing needs and interests, specifically as they relate to infrastructuremobilityenergy, and social transitions;
  • Gain access to solutions and knowledge to power their transitions, and receive tools and training to inform their strategy and action plan;
  • Share new ideas and best practice examples from other industrial legacy cities;
  • Work with experts from around the globe and receive support from the Alliance Secretariat in addressing their questions and needs;
  • Attend events that offer a global visibility.


For more information, please contact

For information in the Chinese language, please contact

Ms. Ge Liu at

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