Networks for Urban Professionals

IHS Alumni International 

There is a great need for networking of urban professionals world-wide to promote our field of work in urban management and development. Hereby, sustainable urban development can be put on the agenda of local and national governments as well as of international organisations and donors. We have to make the pressing urban problems - and our expertise to solve them - visible. This makes it vital to connect us as professionals and share knowledge and experiences since in the end although all cities are complex and different we can learn so much about urban solutions. This is not only in the direction North-South but also South-North and increasingly important: South-South. This awareness of the need to create a platform and a voice for urban development professionals was one of the major motivations to found IHS Alumni International.

The interesting challenge will be that this network is virtual and online since its members are truly globally dispersed. We hope that all the real bonds that could be established by meeting at IHS Rotterdam as well as the possibilities of online communication will enable this unique network to become a success.

Therefore, IHS AI is an open space for YOU! Do you want to share your views and news together on a blog, do you read and post job ads & scholarships, calls for papers etc.? Then join in and help us to create a lively online platform. Email to us ( and post your professional profiles, discussion, comments & news on LinkedIn. or IHS Alumni International

Urban networks & resources internationally

Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)
Independent research organization “promoting innovative housing policy and practice” through collaborative research and knowledge transfer.

Bringing together cities and partners to work towards creating vibrant, resilient urban centres.

Cities Network Campaign (CNC)
Cities Network Campaign is a global initiative  to connect cities, organizations, sector/ subject experts from academic & research organizations, from across the world to share their best practices, policies, advise, funding and commitment to reduce climate change impact and make the Planet more green and clean. 

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
The EAIE is the European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. 

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
EADI is a professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. Members are a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe. Site with overviews on trainings, calls for paper submissions, publications.

European Network for Housing Research
The Network is composed of researchers from a variety of social science disciplines dealing with housing and urban issues. Publishing information on conferences, a newsletter etc.

International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
ISOCARP is a global association of experienced professional planners.

IFHP - International Federation for Housing and Planning
World-wide network of professional institutions and individuals active in the broad fields of housing, urban development and planning. With the goal to “create and promote understanding of human settlement issues in a changing world”.

Urbanicity “For Local Government and Urban Development"
New Zealand based organisation hosting a useful site with well research news from the around the world, newsletter (“city matters bulletin”), the worlds largest database of City and Government websites etc.

Habitat International Coalition (HIC)       
An independent, international, non-profit alliance of organizations and individuals from 80 countries in both the North and South working in the area of human settlements.

International Alliance of Inhabitants
An international network of residents’ associations and social movements, communities, tenants, people who are homeless or living in informal settlements, cooperatives, indigenous people and working class neighbourhoods.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
An international association of local governments and national and regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

IAPS – International Association of People – Environment Studies

An international association gathering all those disciplines which share an interest in environment and behavior studies; such as environment psychology, planning, geography, architecture, and so on.

International Urban Development Association (INTA)
INTA is a global membership association where public and private policy-makers and urban practitioners come together to share knowledge, experience and performing tools for integrated urban development.

The N-AERUS network
N-AERUS is a “pluridisciplinary network of researchers and experts working on urban issues in developing countries”.

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

For more international agencies and networks you can visit the website of BSHF

For conferences & meetings go to EUKN.