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Urban Studies - Climate and Management

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    5 Months

The environment and society are changing rapidly due to climate change effects. Climate issues call for new solutions particularly in cities. These solutions are related to climate adaptation and energy transition. How can these be applied in public and natural spaces in an effective, feasible and attractive way to the people making use of these spaces? What role do citizens, businesses, governments and political leaders have in order to reach specific targets related to climate adaptation and energy transition? Climate & Management will teach you how to shape, plan, design and manage these changing public and natural places and make them climate proof.

This is an exchange programme from the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.
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Team work

During the programme, you and students from other Urban Studies courses work together to carry out projects. You will be trained to become an interdisciplinary ‘urban professional’, who knows how to connect people, design places, take a businesslike approach and define policymaking.

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Future perspective

You will create future visions and perspectives when designing solutions related to different issues. You will apply your knowledge and skills and act resiliently to a rapidly changing society in which many challenges occur.

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Additional skills

While working with students of Spatial Planning, Urban design and Public Administration courses, you will learn how to be creative and innovative in designing ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges. Additional courses on Research and (intercultural) Communication will be taught to further develop your competencies as a young urban professional. 

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Climate and Management

As a climate & management professional, you are able to analyse climate problems and develop concepts for improving places in which we live. You have an eye for other sectors, interests and can link solutions to social trends and current issues. The main course of your programme will be the CityLab. In this Lab you will be working in interdisciplinary teams on specific solutions for clients from the work field. You will be able to translate your ideas into powerful, futureproof sustainable solutions.

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Course content



At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we use teaching, skills training workshops and projects to teach students how to become urban professionals. All subjects relate to Urban and Regional Development. During projects, students from different disciplines work in teams and with professionals on real-life projects in what we call our CityLab. You will be trained to be a multidisciplinary ‘urban professional’, who knows how to connect people and places. You can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Focussing on your in-depth knowledge and skills, you can respond in an agile way to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with other students from different backgrounds, you will learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban and regional challenges which involve economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

  • City Lab (9 EC)
  • Portfolio assignment (3 EC)
  • Research skills (3 EC)
  • Effective communication in an intercultural context (3 EC)
  • Sustainable area development (3 EC)
  • European policy and politics (3 EC)

Free electives (you can choose 2)

  • Urban models (3 EC)
  • Urban land use and mobility (3 EC)
  • System & flows (3 EC)
  • European and international law (3 EC)

  • You will work together with other international but also Dutch students and will learn from each other’s perspectives on urban and natural places
  • You will work with business professionals on real-life projects in the City Lab
  • Living technology: you will learn to design SMART solutions 
  • Additional courses on research and intercultural communication
  • High-quality supervision by instructors who mostly are from the workfield
  • You will get to know the Dutch way of living and its national and professional culture in urban planning
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Your student life in the city of Deventer

Hanseatic city, Koekstad, Boekenstad, but of course the most important: student city. The narrow streets with nice boutiques and the Brink make Deventer very cozy. It is a city where you are quickly known, but where there is always something new to discover.
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