PASCAL International Observatory

PASCAL International Observatory is a dynamic and rapidly expanding organisation which aims to connect the communities of policy makers, practioners and researchers through an innovative approach to the sharing and exchange of cutting-edge best practice research, ideas and policies.

PASCAL is a response to the growing international demand from cities, regional and local governments and other organisations for knowledge and expertise which can be quickly mobilised to support the development and assessment of initiatives relating to the development and renewal of place, including social, economic and cultural development, and with particular emphasis on the role of social capital and lifelong learning.

PASCAL is both an observatory which collects, consolidates and organises knowledge, and a 'think and do' tank: our whole approach is geared to working to bring global thinking to the practical solution of local and regional issues. We offer a unique approach based on:

  • Integrating policy, practice and research knowledge and ideas;
  • A sustained relationship with our members and clients;
  • A stress on consolidating, interpreting and sharing knowledge and mutual learning.

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation. We draw our members from regional governmental orgnaisations, universities and other organisations in the policy and research communities. We work collaboratively with our members, seeking to provide solutions to issues through a whole variety of activities which best fit the particular context in question. These activites include major international research and development programmes, inputs to local policy-making processes, and, most importantly, facilitating opportunities for mutual learning.

PASCAL operates from 4 regional offices:
NIU (the Americas), University of Glasgow (Europe)
UNISA (Africa) and RMIT (Australasia)