Urban Competitiveness and Resilience

Cities are no longer considered autonomous entities as complex processes on local, regional and global levels affect them. It is important to consider the elements of cities that influence these complex processes and their performance at local and regional levels as well as their position in the global economic network.

Economic networks including foreign investments, global supply chains and international trade are becoming increasingly more important to the development of cities. The top 500 multinationals are responsible for the majority of foreign direct investments in the world and generate half of world trade which has a huge impact on the GDP of urban development. Multinational headquarters invest in the development of cities providing capital, employment, knowledge, skills and technology. A good understanding of competition and resilience within the global investment network will help introduce smarter, more effective urban planning, urban design and policy-making.

UCR is also involved in applied research and advisory projects. For details on these activities please refer to the research, training and resources pages where you can find the names of projects and publications UCR has contributed to.