An overview of governance, land management, utilities, and other entities that make up urban systems
Understanding how poverty, health, economic opportunity, and other people-focused issues impact urban systems and development
How technology is shaping transportation, energy, urban resilience, and more
Case studies of major cities in the Global North and South
Did you know that experts estimate an additional three billion people will live in cities by 2050? What will the impact be on the current world population – half of which currently lives in cities and contributes to about three-fourths of global economic output? The opportunities are vast –but so, too, are the potential issues.
In Sustainable Cities , you will learn about the major challenges currently faced by urban areas around the world – including poverty, unemployment, poor housing infrastructure, and constraints on productivity – and the extraordinary potential of these areas to enable change in the future. From infrastructure to culture to economic opportunity, learn how harnessing the power of urban development for global progress is imperative.
This course examines how urban sustainability can be delivered with increasing productivity and reduced inequality; provision of universal basic services and infrastructure; protection of the urban environments; and other solutions and investments, both speculative and in action around the world.
You will emerge from this course understanding how governments, private stakeholders and other actors can improve urban development to heed the call of Sustainable Development Goal 11 – “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable“ by 2030.
This course has been developed through a partnership between the SDG Academy and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) , which is working to transform the current nature of urban education and practice in India.
This course is for:
Anyone interested in the concept of sustainable cities – including those interested in the development of their own local community – who wants to understand the foundations of modern urban development
Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in architecture, real estate development, sustainable development, sustainable business, international development, public policy, and other related fields
Sustainable development practitioners interested in the elements of sustainability that impact urban areas worldwide
Private-sector actors , such as those who work in real estate development, technology, telecommunications, transportation, or energy – whose work can contribute to and redefine urban areas
Module 1: The urban opportunity
The urban opportunity
Cities: cultural and social transformation
Challenge of urban politics, planning and governance
Urban research methods
Urban theory and history
Module 2: What makes a city function?
Understanding urban systems
Municipal, regional and national governance
Urban public finance and taxation
Law, order and conflict
Land management and planning
Lessons from London and Mumbai
Module 3: How can we reduce urban poverty and make cities inclusive and safe?
What is urban poverty?
Poverty reduction in cities
Affordable and adequate housing
Who can deliver the housing we need?
Safety and violence
Module 4:Making cities productive and reduce inequality
City production and consumption
Women in the informal economy
Migration, mobility and the urban-rural continuum
Wealth and inequality
Case: SEWA, India
Migration and the refugee crisis
Module 5: Improving human development in cities
Addressing the challenges of urban public health
Colutions for improving urban health
Education and skills
Higher education in cities
Gender in the city
Human rights and justice
Law and equality
Apartheid in South African cities
Module 6:Providinguniversal urban services and infrastructure
Sustainable environmental services and infrastructure
Sustainable transport planning
Sustainable urban energy systems
Sustainable transport: Bangkok
Module 7: How can cities be resilient?
Air, water, food and natural resources
Urban ag for sustainable cities
Climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation
Building urban resilience
Environmental planning and the politics of change
Sustainable environmental practices: Durban
Urban disaster risk management
Module 8: Governing sustainable cities
SDGs and other global processes
New institutions and governance
Public participation and democracy
Financing sustainable development
Measuring and monitoring the SDGs
Opportunities of secondary cities
Module 9: Implementing change
Makingcities more sustainable
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and urban sustainability
Urban innovation: community-based organisations and civil society (the case of SDI)
UN-Habitat and international development and financing agencies
Implementing urban sustainability
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and urban sustainability
Local leadership: a case study of Melbourne
International climate action: A case of Chinese cities