The aim of this module is to provide module participants with a general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 35 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development. Given that the majority of the world’s largest cities will be in the developing world, it is these cities that will be the core focus of this course.
What does it cover
Central themes will include:
- Comparative history of the city across the developed and developing world;
- Current urban trends, including urbanisation, urban poverty, urban economic trends and local governance;
- The challenge of unsustainable urban systems for food supplies, waste, energy, water and CO2 emissions;
- The social dynamics of cities, with special reference to African cities;
- Globalisation and the changing role of cities in the global economy;
- Policy prescriptions for urban problems from the main international institutions (World Bank Group, IMF and United Nations);
- Case studies of sustainable development in practice
Who should attend
This course is aimed at city planners, engineers, architects, government officials in the town planning and policy making departments and town planners.