Netherlands, Amsterdam

The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem

when 7 July 2018 - 30 July 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1550

Due to their environmental impact, cities play a crucial role in the transition towards sustainable societies. Despite the fact that they occupy only 3% of the global terrestrial surface, cities house more than half of the world’s population, consume 7% of its natural resources, and are directly and indirectly responsible for 60 to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP, 2012). The urban environment thus acts as a nexus of material flows and nodes for energy, water, consumption and production. Cities are key leverage points that demand our focus if we are to accelerate the necessary transition to circular and sustainable systems, both locally and globally.

Course leader

Dr. Mendel Giezen
Mendel is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Urban Development and Infrastructure within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam.

Gerard Roemers (MSc)
Gerard is a senior consultant and s

Target group

Master's student studying environmental sciences, industrial ecology, urban planning, urban engineering, energy sciences, environmental economics, a built environment discipline, or associated discipline.
Professional or volunteer in this field with a desire to learn more and apply these lessons to their home city.

Course aim

Are you curious about sustainable urban development and hold a vested interest in the principles of the circular economy and how they apply to the urban context?

This three-week interdisciplinary and hands-on course unravels the complexity behind truly sustainable urban development. The programme uses Amsterdam as case study for analysis and action. While immersed within this innovative city, students will learn about several aspects of urban resilience from ecological, economic, and cultural perspectives. Through the use of different tools, scientific methods and analysis, students will experience experimental urban design and planning firsthand. Inspired and equipped with the right tools and knowledge base, students will return to their home cities ready to step up to the challenge and transform their cities.

Fee info

EUR 1550: The tuition fee includes:
Access to all course materials on Blackboard
Public transportation card
All site visits and excursions
Lunch on class days
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor does it include housing.
EUR 525: Housing Fee


Travel Grant Unversity of Amsterdam

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