Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202000511
Sustainable Cities
Course info
Course module202000511
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personS. Donnelly
dr. I. Bouzguenda
S. Donnelly
Contactperson for the course
S. Donnelly
dr. L.A.N. Long
dr. S.F. Oude Wesselink
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  1. Students are able to demonstrate knowledge of sustainable development goals (SDGs), and how they can be applied to issues relevant to city and regional government.
  2. Students are able to demonstrate knowledge of governance theory, concepts and practices needed to study the functioning of governance arrangements within, across and between jurisdictions.
  3. Knowledge of ways in which technology, investments and other factors of production can be combined with social inclusion, gender equality and ecologically friendly development.
  4. Students are able to apply concepts of urban governance to define, map and describe governance arrangements in sustainable development policymaking.
  5. Students will know how cities are deploying new technologies, programs, and policies in order to pursue their sustainability ambitions.
  6. Students are able to identify and analyze descriptive data on specific cases of SDG-related governance outcomes and compare them.
  7. Students are able to demonstrate use of specific academic tools (poster, presentation, executive summaries) to demonstrate the validity of their governance analysis to an academic audience, and to public servants responsible for policy and governance.
  8. Students are able to use multiple regression analysis to study the relationship between governance inputs, practices, and outcomes.

How do we make cities and the regions around them more sustainable and resilient? What do sustainability and resilience mean, and what should they mean? An important part of a city administrator’s job is to support economic development, job growth (material living standards), and attractiveness (quality of life issues) for all residents on a long-term basis (sustainability and resilience).

This job is demanding, of course. Social expectations are rising (environmental, financial and social inclusiveness including racial, gender and other forms of equality); competition to attract investment, jobs and growth is becoming more intense (leading decision-makers to weigh social expectations against what they see as hard economic realities); and policy-makers likely know more about the legal, institutional, bureaucratic and political environment around them than how to deploy and leverage technology to achieve these aims, or how to cooperate with other cities and regions that operate in different legal and institutional frameworks. The latter are particularly challenging. Assuming we want to solve our problems by working together with our neighbors, who live under rules that are different from ours, can we proceed and how? And assuming we have ideas to implement as a city, how do we leverage our assets and minimize the obstacles we face from layers of government beyond the city?

In this module, we make use of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as reference points in operationalizing and discussing how cities and regions pursue material interests that live up to modern social expectations. Following the discussion that led to those goals, we expect that combining the pursuit of material living standards and social expectations generates better economic, societal and environmental resilience. This resilience is best thought of as the capacity to prevent crises to the greatest extent possible, manage crises, and rebound from them as quickly and fully as possible. This does not mean that cities and societies and governance should strive to remain the same. Rather, they should adapt and improve on a regular basis to meet challenges and improve welfare better
Assumed previous knowledge
Introduction to public administration and/or political science
Module 5
Participating study
Bachelor Management, Society and Technology
Required materials
Tassilo Herrschel, Cities, state and globalisation : city-regional governance in Europe and North America. ISBN: 9781138686946
Recommended materials
Matson, P., Clark, W.C, & Andersson, K. (2018) Pursuing Sustainability: A guide to the science and practice. Princeton University Press. (ebook for 25 euros)
Huizingh, E. (2007). Applied Statistics with SPSS. London: Sage. ISBN: 9781412919319. Pretty sure this is being replaced with something on R
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Shaping Public Governance

Evolving Urban Landscapes

Project: The Sustainable City

Data Analysis II: Multivariate

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