City Observatory

Welcome to the city observatory, virtual research hub monitoring city image, city brands and city reputation.

1. City profiles

Economic competitiveness, talent attraction potential, livability and sustainability form part of our city profiles: summaries of rankings, studies and indices measuring and monitoring city performance, reputation, brand image and -value.

Latest city profiles published:


City profiles published so far:

Amsterdam | Bangkok | Barcelona | Berlin | Buenos Aires | Copenhagen | Medellín | Melbourne | Mexico City | New York | Paris | São Paulo | San Francisco | Seoul | Sydney | Vancouver | Vienna


2. Trend watch: expert interviews

City managers, developers and marketers share their thoughts on latest trends and developments likely to affect the image, reputation and brand(ing) of cities.

Latest interviews with city managers and marketers:

Here a list of all interviews with city leaders published so far.


3. City (brand) image analysis

Expert panel surveys on city (brand) performance. Coming soon


Want to get involved?

Our observatories are supported by a growing team of independent, passionate research assistants and associates around the world. If you’d like to get involved (and benefit from a free subscription in exchange of your research support), please let us know!