Specialisations of the Urban Management and Development Master programme

Urban Strategies and Planning

Urban Planning has moved away from comprehensive master plans that intended to control the spatial development of an entire territory, to more flexible strategic plans. At the same time, urban professionals face challenges such as the fast growing urban world population and cities with informal housing, social deprivation, economic decline and changing climatic circumstances. Contemporary strategic planning integrates more social and economic considerations into the physical and spatial dimensions of planning.

Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change

Cities worldwide experience severe environmental and climate change related problems. Overcrowding, unequal distribution of space, long travelling times on busy roads, air and noise pollution. Poor urban infrastructure and services negatively affect the attractiveness and productivity of cities as well as the citizens’ health and quality of life.  Sustaining the urban environment has become a key goal and principle for policy action at global and local levels. UECC offers theoretical and practical perspectives of environmental and climate change policies in European and international contexts.

Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure

The MFUI specialisation provides hands-on knowledge and expertise on how local governments can most efficiently provide, manage, finance and operate municipal infrastructure to delivery desired levels of service. The specialisation covers aspects of drinking water, wastewater, drainage & urban floods using green infrastructure, integrated solid waste, green building, transport & mobility, electricity and renewable energy infrastructure sectors, and is primarily focused on developing and transition countries.

Urban Land Governance

The ULG specialisation is focused on land development issues in urban areas. It enables participants to understand and analyze land instruments that can shape cities and the socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of a city through its economic, legal, financial and social dimensions. It exposes participants to the implications land instruments have on urban land markets, real estate markets, infrastructure development and finance, housing affordability and accessibility, green spaces and the provision of vital social amenities in cities.

Urban Competitiveness and Resilience

UCR investigates the relationship between globalization processes, local economic development and urban conditions facilitating the ability of cities to successfully compete or collaborate with other cities on various scales. Given the increasing dependency of cities on global economic networks, it is crucial to find the balance between social wellbeing, local economic development and global strategies that can ensure resilience to socioeconomic shocks and fluctuations.

Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice

Housing, understood as ‘more than houses’, represents a more complex asset or capital to the poor because of its different attributes and the meaning it has to people. In this conceptual framework, this specialisation enables participants to link housing issues with the livelihoods strategies of the urban poor. It analyzes livelihood assets in view of their vulnerability and institutional context. The specialisation reviews the current trends and paradigms in housing and social policies.

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