Partner Institutions

Three of Europe’s leading urban research centres: the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London; the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam; and the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences-Po, Paris are the institutions undertaking the research.


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research. The WHIG? research takes place within the Urban Planning research group in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development. It is institutionally embedded within the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), whose mission is to contribute to public debates on key issues, to interventions that address pressing social problems and to engage with relevant stakeholders, like government agencies, NGOs and the private sector, at local, national and global levels. It is also connected to the UvA’s Centre for Urban Studies, whose research agenda is focused on urban just and sustainable development, including questions of economic prosperity and equity, social inclusion and citizenship, housing, transportation, planning and governance.


The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London is a world-leading centre for research, impact and innovation. We are one of the UK’s major centres for research into the built environment and planning, and one of the leaders internationally in the field. Our research is motivated by an ambitious intellectual and practice-oriented mission and underpinned by external funding from a variety of sources. We collaborate on projects and initiatives with governmental and civil society organisations in a range of countries and cities and have a breadth of activity that spans four key inter-disciplinary fields: governance and planning; real estate and development; sustainable infrastructure; and urban design. We are world-leaders in the development of broader intellectual agendas, methodologies, and techniques for the study of planning and planning systems. We strive to generate new cross-disciplinary knowledge and insights to inform policy-making and help tackle pressing contemporary planning challenges faced by governments, communities, citizens, and business groups.


Sciences Po is the leading research university in the social sciences in France. It has 60 full-time professors, more than 200 researchers, 80 visiting foreign professors each year, and 400 academic partnerships with universities around the world. It enrols 13,000 students per year, of which 46% are foreign students from more than 130 countries. Sciences Po is home to a doctoral school offering seven graduate programmes to around 400 PhD students.

Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, its ten research centres, five of which are closely linked to the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), associate and combine skills and know-how from different social sciences – in particular economics, history, political science and sociology and the humanities.

This project will be managed by the Centre for European studies and comparative politics (CEE), a Joint Research Unit between CNRS-Sciences Po (UMR8239).