Regional Hubs

UCCRN’s goal is to lead an on-going, sustained global city-focused assessment and solutions program, to provide cities with the knowledge they need to effectively respond to climate change.

Building on a series of scoping sessions with stakeholders and members, UCCRN is transitioning from a report-focused organization to one that leads an on-going, sustained global city-focused climate change knowledge assessment and solutions program. The program is targeted to early, mid, and late-adopter cities through the expansion of the UCCRN to include proactive Regional Hubs, with field directors, program coordinators, and researchers that strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and with cities.

UCCRN Regional Hubs



Just as it is important to consider the needs of cities as unique from those of a nation-state, the needs of each individual urban area must be considered in the context of that city.

Climate adaptation policies in Sydney, will differ from Rio de Janeiro, further, the needs in Durban will differ from New York. Cities are known for their economic vitality, their cultural vibrancy and their innovation. The Regional Hubs melds those unique needs and policies with those common characteristics, providing a vital network of cities to share and build upon climate plans in their specific cities. Regional Hubs goes beyond the traditional role of UCCRN–an amalgamation of researchers from universities, think tanks, and expert groups working to provide a scientific basis for city decision-makers–to truly facilitate geographically-specific guidance for action.

Paris, France

Paris, France

The Regional Hubs operate at continental-scale (e.g., Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa, South and East Asia, Australia) and will be linked to other relevant regional and global resource nodes such as the World Meteorological Organization Regional Climate Centers, and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Core Project.

UCCRN has actively worked to expand membership geographically (with an emphasis on enhancing the involvement of developing country scholars) and to strengthen specific skill sets in areas where regional capacity is lacking.  Both goals will be achieved through the creation of the UCCRN Hubs to provide more geographically-targeted research and support for local researchers and practitioners, who will be recruited from local universities and research institutes in key cities important regions. Our regional work helps us strengthen urban climate assessment and action initiatives.

Sydney, Austraila

Sydney, Austraila

The UCCRN Regional Hubs serve to promote enhanced opportunities for new urban climate change adaptation and mitigation knowledge and information transfer, both within and across cities, by engaging in a real-time monitoring and review process with cities through on-going dialogue between scholars, experts, urban decision-makers, and stakeholders. These activities are achieved through a combination of cities-based activities and workshops held at international city gatherings, and accomplished through regular interactions that include monthly coordination calls, e-newsletters summarizing Hub activities, regional meetings hosted by each Hub every year, and an annual UCCRN meeting rotating through the Regional Hub locations.

The UCCRN Regional Hubs also help us to formalize our urban climate assessment and action framework, allowing UCCRN to update the ARC3 report series on a regular basis with strong links to urban decision-makers worldwide.

“The real goal is to help cities fulfill their potential as leading responders to the climate change challenges said UCCRN Co-Director, Cynthia Rosenzweig.

Current Regional Hubs:

Australia: Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia

Europe: Paris, France

Latin America: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

East Asia: Shanghai, China

North America: Philadelphia, USA