Amsterdam, Netherlands

Researching the City

when 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 995

During the last decades the image of cities, as powerful and attractive places, has made a revival: cities have become again the place to be and the place where you can make your dreams come true.

This two week summer course give you the opportunity to literally take part in the city of Amsterdam. You will be learning about the new way to do city marketing.

The course is designed in close cooperation with a number of Amsterdam partners and offers you a full understanding of the city’s character; why is Amsterdam attractive to visitors and citizens. Why does Amsterdam have a cosmopolitan appeal. But you will also learn about the adverse effects which Amsterdam is experiencing nowadays because large groups of people would like to visit or live in Amsterdam. You will meet and see old, new and young initiatives providing interesting insights and proposing solutions to achieve a better balance. By the end, you will have become more of a real urban insider and a part of our inter-city network in Amsterdam.

To do and to achieve:

Working on a real case
Exploring and conducting research in the city
Getting more acquainted of visual and other sensorial research methodologies (how does a place smell and what does that say?)
Getting tools to better identify meaningful trends and to predict cities’ prosperity and resilience.
Filming and contributing to a publication for real world media
Enhancing your network: being part of our research group Cities & Visitors

This course is offered in a Regular (4 ECTS) and Extended (6 ECTS) version.

Course leader


Target group

We are looking forward to sharing our program with those of you who are genuinely interested in exploring and connecting cities. You should also of course be interested in Amsterdam, be curious and ready to actively research and document its different enclaves at these very moments. For our part we can guarantee that by the end, you will have become more of a real urban insider and a part of our inter-city network in Amsterdam.

Course aim

During this course you will:

- Conduct first hand research using multi-sensorial techniques (from observations ofline and online, to interviews and place registrations).
- Report the conducted research and contribute to the course final product (a multimedia publication and presentation).
- Collaborate and connect with the involved parties in Amsterdam in a fruitful manner.
- Eventually contribute to a more sustainable urban positioning by presenting your ideas and proposals to our committee of experts.

Credits info

4 EC
An extended version (6 ECTS) is also available.

Fee info

EUR 995: 4 ECTS
EUR 1390: 6 ECTS