Getting started on the Urban Gateway

1. Find your Network

Use the drop down menu at the top of the page to find your Network. You will be taken to the landing page for that Network, showing only content which is relevant to that Network.

Only a small number of Networks have been added to the Gateway for launch. But watch out for more Networks coming soon!

2. Register on the Gateway

Register using the link at the top of the page or by going to

Registering on the Gateway helps us to understand how it is being used. By telling us more about your areas of interest we can also suggest relevant content that you may be interested in.

3. Profile as an expert

You can complete a more detailed user profile, with the option to be listed in the Urban Gateway expert database. This will make it easier for other users, who may be looking for your particular skills and expertise, to find you.

4. Choose your language

You can select a language from the drop down menu at the top left of the page. This will translate all content on the Gateway via Google Translate.

The Gateway and all conent is translated using Google Translate, which is automatically generated which

may mean there are mistakes we cannot change. We’ll be improving the way the Gateway is translated in later phases.

5. Browse content on the Gateway

You can browse through content on the Gateway using the top navigation tabs.

People and Organizations lists the members, organizations and experts registered on the Gateway. You can view their profiles to see more about them or to find out how to contact them. When you have registered on the Gateway your profile will be listed.

Collaborate is where you can engage with other members of the Gateway, by joining or setting up a group, or asking or responding to a question from the community.

Knowledge is where you can find all kinds of document and publications, uploaded by users on a whole range of issues. You can view and download resources or add comments about a particular item.

News and Events has everything you need to know about what is going on in the world of sustainable urbanization, including information for media.

Opportunities lists available jobs, funding opportunities and awards. 

Filter and search to find relevant content. If you set your location and theme preferences, you will only see the content that is most interesting and relevant for you.

6. Comment on content

As a registered and logged in user, you can add comments on content. Perhaps you want to find out more about the research the author did or want to add your voice to the debate on a particular issue.

7. Upload content

Share your content with other users on the Urban Gateway. You can add anything from a job to a research document or an example presentation. Tag it with countries and themes to make it easy for other users to find. The more content that is added to the Gateway, the more useful a tool it will be for everyone.

We’ll be continually reviewing and improving the Gateway to make sure it is easy to use and useful for everyone. Watch this space for lots more features on their way, like hosted discussions and improved translations tools. Let us know what you think, or just get in touch, on