17 July 2020
Graphic Skills for Urban Studies
There are more than 750 million people living on islands, from the densely populated urban centres of the
Philippines and Hawaii’s to the atolls and archipelagos of the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean. Climate
change is a global challenge that requires locally designed interventions and action. Islands are at the front line
of the effects of climate change. Key challenges: rising temperature and sea levels, lack of fresh water supply,
plastic pollution, sewage blockages, high number of tourists in season time, dependence on fossil fuels imports
and high prices. This module provides an understanding of the relationships between human needs and
resource use under different climatic scenarios with focus on islands. It explores different perspectives on the
goals of improving human wellbeing and environmental. Our goal is to expose you to a range of issues and draw
on practical case studies, possible solutions, ways to inform decision-makers and general public.
Dr Catalina Spataru, Associate Professor in Global Energy and Resources and the founder and Head of UCL
Islands Laboratory, has extensive experience in energy and resource nexus research, sustainability and is actively
promoting whole system thinking an
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.
There is a recent wide recognition that islands have proven that they can serve as bright spots in charting the
course towards a more sustainable, healthy and equitable future for Island Earth. Climate change is a global
challenge that requires locally designed interventions and actions. As stated by United Nations SecretaryGeneral Guterres at a May 2019 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, ‘islands are leading by example’ and
have ‘the moral authority’ to guide climate change action for the world. This course will help students to
understand trade-offs between resource use (water, energy, land, materials, food), challenges and possible
solutions, and how to communicate and engage with decision makers and general public.
15 UCL credits, 7.5 ECTS, 4 US
GBP 2100: There is a built-in tuition fee discount for students studying for 6 weeks (2 modules).
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.