Apply now to Urban95 Academy for designing child-friendly cities!

Guess what? Applications are open for the fully-funded ‘Urban95 Academy’ on designing child-friendly cities! Through this programme, you will be able to learn how to design and deliver better cities for young children and caregivers, making cities that work for everyone.

The Urban95 Academy is a fully funded leadership programme by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Delivered online, the programme will help city leaders over six weeks to design better cities for babies, toddlers and their caregivers.

Attendees will be able to learn how to implement policies, gain effective strategies, and hone leadership skills to create urban environments that support the healthy development of children. The course includes online learning modules and live virtual meetings with LSE Faculty, Bernard van Leer Foundation leadership, and global knowledge partners such as Arup, Gehl, and NACTO, among others.

The Urban95 Academy is open to all local governments. In the first year of the programme, mayors and senior officials from over 115 cities in three cohorts have completed the programme’s six weeks of online learning to bridge the gap between urban planning and early childhood development.

Registration is now open for two cohorts beginning in 2023. Each cohort is made up of up to 50 cities that go through 14 sessions and meet online over 6-week learning periods throughout 2023. From each cohort, 10 cities will convene in London for an all-expenses paid intensive week of in-person learning and connecting.

The application deadlines are the following:

  • 13 February 2023 (for the cohort starting in March);
  • 24 April 2023 (for the cohort starting in May).


For more information, please click here to visit the Urban 95 Academy website.