The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU's Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) 4-year research project closes

1 April 2022

After 4½ years of extensive research and capacity building across 6 work streams and 12 cities in African, Asia and Latin America, the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) is drawing to a close.

KNOW Bangalore

To all who have followed KNOW, accessed our resources, participated in the Dialogues in Urban Equality, and particularly during the pandemic, engaged with our webinars and website, I would like to thank you for your engagement, interest and support.  

We shared a wide range of KNOW findings in the KNOW Final Conference, and a recording of the webinars for each of the 7 themes will continue to be available on the KNOW website, as will all our resources and information of the work undertaken across the KNOW work streams and cities. We will continue to update our website as publications and other resources are published.  

The challenge of urban equality, and of shaping and making cities that offer a decent life to all its citizens, is one of the urgent priorities of our time.  The KNOW programme has demonstrated how important a collective and inclusive approach to research and capacity building is, with its emphasis on partnerships with equivalence and the application of knowledge co-production that generated such rich findings and practical outcomes. During KNOW the critical links of urban equality to both the impact of and the response to crises like the pandemic and climate emergencies, was highlighted again and again.  Given the growing proportion of the world’s population living in cities, shaping pathways to urban equality is central to the peace and prosperity of our future.  The programme of work outlined by KNOW, building on valued international partnerships and practice-based research and teaching developed in the DPU over nearly seven decades, will continue in different ways, in The Bartlett DPU and beyond.  

We look forward to our future engagement with all who share the same commitment to knowledge in action for urban equality. 

Caren Levy
Principal Investigator, Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) (2017-22)
Professor of Transformative Urban Planning, The Bartlett DPU