To achieve its goals, GCSMUS Berlin and its three lead partners in Botswana, Brazil and India, have co-developed five main action points.
The Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the DAAD program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed”.
GCSMUS was established in the context of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and focuses on SDG #11, which aims to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’
GCSMUS, based at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, Germany), is committed to developing and providing tools needed to tackle sustainable urban development issues.
More specifically, it combines social science research methodologies with urban planning to foster a more holistic and trans-disciplinary approach to the study of urban sustainability, with a particular emphasis on evidence-based, low-impact urban development approaches.
GCSMUS takes a peer-learning approach to advancing academic discourse by fostering cooperation in a trans-disciplinary team of 48 partners from 47 countries and eight world regions. It strives to establish an expansive international network of scholars and serve as a platform for facilitating dialogue and collaboration.