Sustainable Area Development & Integrated Water Management

Course typeExchange
Course sectorLife Science
Course duration5 months
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan.)
For partners ofSchool of Governance, Law & Urban Development

Prepare yourself for a professional career! This cannot be done by lectures and books only, but needs application of knowledge in real life practical situations (projects). At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development we work in projects, where students from different disciplines, like Urban Planning and Regional Development and Urban Design and Governance, work together to analyze situations and design solutions. Every student brings his/her own expertise and cultural background. Project work requires basic theoretical understanding from several fields of study and many different skills like co-operation skills, negotiating skills, communication skills, cultural awareness and research skills (methodology). Climate change, adaptation and implementing smart solutions are crucial elements. 

Examples of these projects are the redesign of a harbor area or the design of a new housing district, an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for a new airport, railroad, or a river by-pass. To conduct these researches students are trained in the aforementioned professional skills. To learn the basic concepts, lectures and excursions are organized.

For more information:

>> Download the leaflet Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Area Development

Exchange students take part in the following units.

The programme will be offered during 1 Sept 2019– approx. 10 February 2020.

According to the EU-regulations students have to obtain at least 15 ECTS.

Climate, sustainable spatial/urban development, energy and integrated water management are the most important pillars of the programme.

Main parts of the exchange programme are:

Introduction and pilot project

  • Getting familiar with living environment, facilities of university and teaching and learning strategies including the Urban Studies CityLab concept for projects heading for real life to be solved problems.
  • Executing small Pilot project.

Sustainable Area Development (12 EC):

2 group projects (each counting for 6 EC)

Two interdisciplinary projects for Sustainable Area Development. Sustainability includes People, Planet, Prosperity, but as well Process and Strategic Planning.

Projects will be executed according tot the Urban Studies CityLab concept.

  • Developing sustainable scenarios and identifying indicators for spatial/urban quality.
  • Implementation of policy instruments.
  • Research Methodologies of integral area development and Integral Impact Assessment: prediction of effects, scenario development, Multi-Criteria Analysis of (potential) effects and developing potential solutions.

Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Development (12 ECTS):

Again two projects: one of it in a group (socalled CityLab project) and the other in either a (small) group or to be executed individually.

Each project counts for 6 EC. Assignment is to produce professional products.

Water management is one of the main features of Dutch and international society.

It has an enormous impact on all urban developments specifically in a low land and densily populated country like The Netherlands.

Many financial, governmental (on all scale levels) and societal issues are related to water management issues. An integrated approach is needed to meet requirements of sustainability.

The framework of Integrated Water Management is based upon the challenges caused by nowadays and future climate change effects in or around urban areas. Prevention, mitigationa and adaptation are main issues. Besides insight in developments and problems a major aim will be how to reach climate robust solutions for the future in a specific local or regional area.

Capita Selecta Urban and Regional Planning; climate and energy I (3EC)
Capita Selecta Urban and Regional Planning; climate and energy II (3EC)

  • 2 modules will be applied in a individual (reserach) assignment report and/or presentation. The following elements will be integrated as well in the projects (SAD and IWM).
  • Context and features of Dutch Urban/Regional and Sustainable Planning, Urban Design.
  • Climate adaptation and energy transition issues (often) related tot the spatial context.
  • Methods of Research, Geographical Information Systemsand/or Urban Design skills.
  • Communication and co-operation skills.
  • Geographical Information Systems.
  • Lectures, Workshops, Excursions, Seminar Presentations, Climate Game.

Before you can be admitted to this course you need to have a secondary school certificate and a minimum of two years of higher education in a similar field of expertise.

The programme is open for students from Erasmus partner universities and other Non-Eu partners of the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.

The semester is taught in English. Applicants need an IELTS academic level of 6,0 or higher. Please check the general entry requirements, including other accepted languages tests and proofs.