Innovate4Cities

What knowledge do cities need to meet their climate action ambitions?

Innovate4Cities is a city-focused research and innovation initiative that addresses critical data, innovation, and technology gaps to enable cities to take accelerated and ambitious climate action. This project is building a roadmap to generate the knowledge, tools, partnerships and funding that cities need to meet their climate action ambition, at the speed and scale required.

Since 2019, the Melbourne Centre for Cities has been contributing a range of research, program and governance services for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Innovate4Cities Initiative. This includes the delivery of a multi-year research and innovation strategy, a regional research and innovation needs synthesis report, delivery of the 2021 Innovate4Cities Conference, and the updated Global Research Action Agenda, and City Research and Innovation Agenda.

Learn more about Innovate4Cities here on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy website.

Outputs

Walsh, B., Greenwalt, J. Oke, C., Hadfield, P., Dickey, A., Craig, Marlies;  et al. (2022): Findings from Innovate4Cities 2021 and Update to the Global Research and Action Agenda. University of Melbourne. Report.

Oke, C. Walsh, B., Jance, B., Hadfield, P. Palermo, V., Salehi, P. et al.(eds)  (2022): City Research and Innovation Agenda, update. University of Melbourne. Report.

Student Energy & Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne (2021). Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Youth Policy Innovation Team: Process Outcomes and Recommendations for Global Regions. [Online resource]

Dickey, A. (ed.), Oke, C. (ed.), et al. (2021). Innovate4Cities Conference 2021: Student-Led Final Report. Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne. [Online resource]

Dickey, A. (ed.), Oke, C. (ed.), et al. (2021). COP26 Insights from the Innovate4Cities Conference 2021: Student-Led Briefing Report. Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne. [Online resource]

Dickey, A., Hadfield, P., Oke, C., Verbeeck, J. (2021). Opportunities for coordinating multi-level climate action: an analysis of city climate action and national urban engagement. Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne. [Online resource]

Hadfield, P., Oke, C., & Verbeeck, J. (2021). Regional Research and Innovation for City Climate Action: Global Synthesis Report. Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne. [Online resource]

Lynch, A., Oke, C., & Leavesley, A. (2021). State of play: Local governments and city networks accelerating climate action in Australia. ICLEI Oceania.

Student Writing Team

The Centre co-ordinated a Student Writing Team to report on sessions and outcomes from the Innovate4Cities Conference 2021.

Learn more about the team and read their reports here.

Project team

Project partners