Our History & Mission

Hosted by the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy in Washington, DC, LabGov US (LabGov Georgetown) serves as the main US-based research center focusing on innovative forms of urban governance in cities and metropolitan regions. The interdisciplinary and internationally-focused laboratory of co-governance gathers scholars and practitioners interested in broadening our understanding of the urban commons and testing cutting-edge “Co-City” projects and other experiments in urban co-governance. Under the direction of Professor Sheila Foster, LabGov Georgetown is a living, applied experimental laboratory aimed at implementing and refining the Co-City Methodology.

Co-Cities Project

LabGov Georgetown is co-host to a global, ground-breaking applied research project, called the Co-Cities Project, which is designed to test, evaluate, and refine the Co-City Methodology. To date, the project has collected over 500 case studies, 95 of which have been closely analyzed, and mapped nearly 200 cities. Additional cities are being added and new case studies are underway.

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