Aspen City Lab sets to broaden the scope of the debate on urban policies and planning in Romania, focusing on urbanization strategies, urban economics, urban safety, economic and social resilience, urban communities and urban networks evolution and quality of life. The project focuses on possible investment opportunities in such fields and on strategies facilitating the creation of urban technology clusters and community straightening planning. In 2017, Aspen City Lab was launched in two major cities, Bucharest and Constanta.

Aspen City Lab Constanta was launched on 12 October 2017 at Ovidius University Constanta and focused on three main engines of growth in the Constanta area: energy, the port & maritime sector and tourism. In 2018 one additional workshop will be organized, generating policy recommendations to be presented to relevant decision-makers during a large public conference in Constanta.

The program community includes multiple local stakeholders from the public, and private sector, as well as civil society and academia.

In Bucharest, 3 roundtables were organized in partnership with Bucharest City Hall, on the topics of: smart city, major infrastructure projects and financing opportunities. Participants included City Hall counselors, representatives of businesses and the banking sector as well as international financial institutions. Further activities could be identified in the field of urban regeneration, subject to funding.