The Policy Transfer Platform is developed and run by the city of Berlin in cooperation with Metropolis and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

With your help, we aim to provide a global resource for urban practitioners, experts and researchers who wish to learn from examples around the world in order to improve their own city. We work with the world’s leading urban awards to provide you with a one-stop shop for internationally recognized case studies. 

Based on voluntary contributions and institutional partnerships, we are aiming to build a comprehensive database of case studies on urban innovation with an active network of experts for you to advertise your interests and skills and to connect with peers in your field.

If you are active in the urban field and want to contribute, we invite you to register and participate! We are also currently seeking institutional partnerships that further broaden the knowledge base of the platform. Join our community and share your feedback, ideas and questions with us at or via the contact form.

You can also see our FAQ for further information or questions on what we try to do.


About Metropolis

METROPOLIS, the World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organization that brings together capital cities and metropolitan regions, whose populations exceed one million inhabitants.

Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is composed of currently 136 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also represents the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in regards to:

  • Metropolitan governance: the collaboration between metropolitan governments, other levels of local; regional; and state governments, public/private cooperation, and public participation.
  • Technical/financial assistance: the mobilization of new financial resources for investments marked at sustainable and efficient development.
  • Mutual learning: resulting from the sharing of knowledge, practices, and experiences between metropolitan governments and their partners.
  • Innovation: resulting from the collaboration between city governments, ground breaking businesses, and actors in the management of urban issues.
  • Representation at international forums and defending city interests and concerns.

About Berlin's role in Metropolis

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is the Acting President of METROPOLIS and the city also hosts the network's Regional Secretariat for Europe.

The platform is managed by Berlin's EU & International Affairs Unit at the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection.

The project has been initiated by Berlin’s initiative on Policy transfer - tools for web-based knowledge exchange.



In 2013 and 2014 the Policy Transfer Platform was funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie.