Shared Pathways: Open cohort

Open Cohort Booklet

Cities are on the frontline of climate challenges, but also at the forefront of climate action globally. In spite of national action limits, local government have consistently demonstrated high climate ambitions whilst battling climate hazards like bushfires, heatwaves and floods. Building on this global momentum the Shared Pathways to CoP28 City Diplomacy Melbourne Masterclass supports the next generation of city leaders to step up their skills, networks and impact.

The Shared Pathways specialist Masterclass

Delivered as a specialist track of the City Diplomacy Masterclass, Shared Pathways is an exchange and capacity-building program focused on strengthening the influence of city diplomacy in tackling climate change.

The ‘Melbourne Masterclass’ model involves both a set of online exchanges and intensive in-person workshop activities. They are devised to suit the busy schedules of local government officials, and the program provides joined executive training and tracks engagement opportunities. The program is targeted explicitly to early career city officials with less than 10 years international and/or local government experience, and is open to all domains of municipal practice, not just staff from international offices.


The Masterclass capitalises on the mounting popularity of city diplomacy and urban action on climate by both offering knowledge and skills-based training to sharpen cities’ diplomacy.

It is designed on the basis of extensive expertise in this area of capacity building by the University of Melbourne and thus to suit complex schedules by local government officers with minimal disruptions, as well as to facilitate access to cities of various shape and positioning at a minimal cost. At the same time as practical training, the masterclass provides a space where participants deliver a capstone policy output that is implementation ready and of direct use to their cities, focused on a foresight and strategy analysis of their cities’ city climate diplomacy.

The next two Masterclass cohorts will take place as follow:

Cohort 1: November–December 2022

application deadline 30 September 2022

course sessions 1 November to 3 December 2022

intensive workshop 12 to 16 December 2022

Cohort 2: April–May 2023

application deadline 31 January 2023

course sessions 27 March to 22 April 2023

intensive workshop 15 to 19 May 2023

Course details

The Masterclass consists of a one-month intensive online training(of approximately 48 ‘class’ time hours delivered virtually), and a four-day in-person skills and networking workshop for course participants.

Fees: $3500 inc.GST

Mode: Online and On Campus

Shared pathways is explicitly run to facilitate small cohort engagement that offers a small-knit experience with the Melbourne Centre for Cities team and international partners, as well as a well-balanced participant-educator ratio, including through small group tutorials and direct advice and individual feedback on capstone work as well as career development.

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