The course Urban Social-Ecological Systems lets you dig deep into the issues of sustainable cities such as multifunctional solutions and biodiversity. Application deadline is 15 October. Photo: A. Löf/Azote
60% of the area projected to be urban in 2030 has not yet been built. The rapid urbanization that is currently taking place poses great challenges as well as exciting opportunities. To ensure their long-term well-being and to reduce urban pressure on global systems, future cities need to be just, green, resource efficient, and populated by engaged citizens.
Urban Social-Ecological Systems is a trans-disciplinary Master's level course. The complexities of cities are explored through a systems approach where ecological, social and economic aspects are integrated: What does biodiversity have to do with citizens' well-being? What is urban resilience? What changes of governance are needed to establish and maintain urban sustainable development?
An opportunity to dig deep
The course instructors, most of who are working within or in close collaboration with the urban theme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, will share insights from their different perspectives and the most recent urban research.
Linkages between science, policy and practice are emphasized throughout the course and the theoretical parts are explained in relation to practical examples of urban questions.
In this course the participants go through a variety of scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in exercises where they formulate and run a field based project applying the theoretical frame and methodological approaches of the course in a real world context.
In the spring of 2015 a group of students from the course looked at multifunctionality of golf courses as a possible way of increasng willingnes to promote urban green areas. With several functions, such as cafés, marked trails and public restrooms, tied into and around a golf course the idea is that more people will value the environement it provides. Read more about the study here
Apply through antagning.se.
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