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<em>Hub Coordinator: </em>Luigi Fusco Girard<em>

<em>Host University: </em>University of Napoli Federico II

<i>What: </i>The thematic priority of the Hub is to develop creative approaches, tools and solutions for planning, designing and implementing “regenerative strategies” of cities, starting with cities/areas understood as drivers of the city system regeneration, which can act as catalysts of circular economies, towards decarbonized urban economy.

Regenerative strategies will take into consideration how economic models of social economy can be supported. How new strategies of circular economy (reusing, recycling, regenerating materials, producing and using renewable energies and also regenerating the cultural heritage/landscape of

cities) can be promoted and implemented at local level, stimulating new symbioses. New quantitative/qualitative indicators and evaluation tools will be tested.

<i>Why: </i>Cities, in particular port cities, are hubs of economic activity, innovation, social exchange, built and cultural heritage, and environmental sensitivity.

Port areas/cities can constitute the entry point and core place for sustainable development for the entire urban/metropolitan/regional system. To understand and exploit the potential of cities it will be necessary to design an analytical framework which would link the new opportunities provided by traditional urban areas to creative and sustainable urban development. From that perspective, there is a need to develop fit-for-purpose, dedicated policy tools and initiatives, on the basis of general planning principles for transforming general issues into action practices.

<i>Who: </i>University and Research Institutions will offer their work to contribute to reduce the gap between scientific knowledge and concrete praxis between academic “ivory tower” and cities, between academia research and everyday life, exchanging of knowledge and experiences of good/best practices, to produce new knowledge useful for new governance.

The evaluations of best/good practices are considered as the first step for new knowledge production on the base of specific indicators, for developing new tools, methods and approaches for planning and managing complex urban dynamic systems that to foster creativity, resilience and sustainability of the city. In particular, Hub University members will search for the conditions to facilitate integration of research into city governance.

<i>How: </i>University of Napoli Federico II- Laboratory of Research on Creative and Sustainable City and University of Amsterdam, Department of Spatial Economics will connect and coordinate the network of researchers with UN Habitat.

Research will come from different disciplines that help understanding cities dynamics from different angles and will be shared with urban actors. The UNI online platform will be used to disseminate research.