Short Course Sustainable Area Development

Course typeShort
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration3 months
Starting date1 Sept. - 15 Nov. 2017
Tuition fee EU/EEA students € 3,250
Tuition fee(specification) € 3,250

This short course includes Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Sustainable area development is dealing with an integrated approach of issues to develop areas according to the four pillars of sustainability:

Planet, People, Prosperity and Process.

All four elements will be treated and applied in real life cases (in The Netherlands) that can be compared to examples in other parts in the world.

Environmental Impact Assessment will be applied in this field as an important instrument to design an area in a sustainable way. EIA is a widespread policy and law based instrument all over the world to predict effects of newly to be developed projects or plans in advance. It is a help in decision making and executing technical and environmental means in order to prevent damaging consequences or at least reduce (mitigate) the most severe effects.

This short course is a 10 weeks programme (1 September – approx. 15 November, including one week holiday after 5-6 weeks).

The following issues will be part of the learning-by-doing course:

An interdisciplinary international group project on an area to be designed or restructured to sustainable land use,

Examples are: designing a new railroad, regional airport, new dwelling area, restructuring of a harbour area, implementing anti flooding measures and multifunctional land use (recreation, housing with water, and economic opportunities).

  • Recent (international to regional) policies and regulations regarding sustainable development (like a climate neutral plan for a fixed area)
  • Research methodology (Scenario development, Multi criteria analysis, life cycle analysis, Social Cost Benefit Analysis, balancing factors)
  • Inspiring (International) reference projects
  • Applying techniques (GIS, Laboratory, noise) and use of standards
  • Prevention-mitigation-adaption-compensation practices
  • Zoning approaches
  • Public awareness and involvement, stakeholder analysis.
  • Skills: (Interdisciplinary and intercultural) Cooperation, interviewing, creating and using questionnaires, field research, writing, presenting, discussion and applying intervision (group processes and assessment).

This short course is aimed at students with at least three years of  higher education in a course relevant for doing Sustainable Area Development, like Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science or Technology, Civil Engineering, Regional Economy, Geography, Ecology, Biology.

Besides that, students wanting to apply must meet our general entry requirements.

Working as (junior) professional in the field researcher/consultant or policy advisor at consultancies, research institutes, governmental organizations, NGO’s.

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