European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP)

European Council of Spatial Planners brings together 25 professional town planning associations and institutes from 23 European countries as well as corresponding members. It is an umbrella association providing its members with a common framework to promote the visibility, recognition of the important societal role and practice of planning and urban development in Europe and its teaching, continuing professional development and the definition of professional responsibilities.

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European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN)

The key objective of EUKN is to enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise on urban development throughout Europe, bridging urban policy, research and practice. EUKN is the prime network for urban policy makers, practitioners and researchers throughout Europe offering high quality knowledge and services which inspire them to make cities a better place to live, work and play.

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European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) stands for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. EEB's aim is to ensure the EU secures a healthy environment and rich biodiversity for all. Created in 1974, the EEB is now Europe's largest federation of environmental organisations with 140+ member organisations who gain their membership from the general public. Because of this, EEB is guided by the voices of 15 million European citizens, and act as the ears and voice of its members towards the EU decision makers.

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Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. CEPS’ funding is obtained from a variety of sources, including membership fees, project research, foundation grants, conferences fees, publication sales and an annual grant from the European Commission.

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Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

The Economist Intelligence Unit helps business leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. Success when operating internationally means understanding how tomorrow will differ from today. From such insight comes opportunity. Their forecasting and advisory services have informed entrepreneurs, financiers and government figures around the world since 1946. Their coherent and impartial assessment of the future can be depended on to deliver the insight needed to succeed in a complex and changing world.

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European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values-based foreign policy. It is independent and has no connection to the institutions of the EU. See below for information about its various sources of funding.

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European Policy Centre (EPC)

The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank, committed to making European integration work. The EPC works at the "cutting edge" of European and global policy-making providing its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and analysis on the EU and global policy agenda. It aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the different constituencies of its membership, spanning all aspects of economic and social life.

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Friends of Europe

Friends of Europe – Les amis de l'Europe is a leading think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on key global and European political challenges. Its insightful and timely publications and animated debates provide access to sharp analysis and information. We promote the confrontation of ideas that is vital to policymaking and encourage wider involvement in Europe’s future.

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Urban Land Institute (ULI) Europe

The mission of the Urban Land Institute (ULI)is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.In Europe, with its diverse cities and regions, we aim to identify and provide solutions to the common challenges urban leaders face. Our strength is that we bring together experts from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to tackle issues of urbanisation, regeneration, investment, public-private collaboration, sustainable development and climate change.

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Urban Institute

The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government. The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.

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Bruegel is a European think tank specializing in economics. Established in 2005, Bruegel is independent and non-doctrinal. Its mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

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World Economic Forum (WEF)

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

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Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal

The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal is a think tank and policy network committed to defining and articulating a mature strategy for managing current and future challenges. Above all, we are seeking strategies based on inclusion, opportunity and sustainability that will make the benefits of modernisation available to all our citizens.

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Carnegie Europe

Founded in 2007, Carnegie Europe is the European centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From its newly expanded presence in Brussels, Carnegie Europe combines the work of its research platform with the fresh perspectives of Carnegie's centres in Washington, Moscow, Beijing, and Beirut, bringing a unique global vision to the European policy community. Through publications, articles, seminars, and private consultations, Carnegie Europe aims to foster new thinking on the daunting international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

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LSE IDEAS is a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Its mission is to use LSE's vast intellectual resources to help train skilled and open-minded leaders and to study international affairs through world-class scholarship and engagement with practitioners and decision-makers. As its name implies, IDEAS aims at understanding how today's world came into being and how it may be changed, in line with LSE's old motto: rerum cognoscere causas - to understand the causes of things

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Kiel Institute

The Kiel Institute is an international center for research in global economic affairs, economic policy consulting, economic education and documentation. The Institute engages especially in creating solutions to urgent problems in global economic affairs. On basis of its research, the Institute advises decisiontakers in policy, business, and society and informs the broader public about important developments in international economic policy.

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EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom. Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and suggests international policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.

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IBM Smarter Planet

IBM says it is exploring the dynamics behind the current transformation towards a Smarter Planet, and in the process is helping businesses to run in a smarter way. Smarter Planet is IBM's point of view on how interconnected technologies are changing the way the world works.

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Allianz Knowledge

Allianz Knowledge is the web portal of Allianz Insurance and Financial Services. Explore facts and stories on demography, mobility, environment, and finance

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McKinsey Global Institute

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey, was established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. Its goal is to provide leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions.

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Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

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RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting of some of the world's preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years.

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EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. Today, we bring together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries. Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, we offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas. We influence and work with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Europeans. Our objective is to reinforce the important role that local governments should play in a multilevel governance structure. We aim to shape the opinions of Brussels stakeholders and ultimately shift the focus of EU legislation in a way which allows city governments to tackle strategic challenges at local level.

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European Metropolitan network Institute (EMI)

EMI is an institute created both for and by cities. It was set up to create innovative knowledge about the opportunities and challenges facing Europe’s cities and metropolitan areas. Essentially, EMI is a network institute actively supporting the sharing of knowledge between urban professionals, research institutes, civil society, network organisations, private companies and EU institutions. In this way EMI aims to bridge the gap between research and practice.

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International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP)

The International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP) is an international organisation focused on urban development issues. Since its very beginning, the IFHP’s driving force has been rooted in the desire to improve the physical conditions in which people live. It continues to do this by promoting good planning practices that are orientated towards an improving quality of life.

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