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Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities

In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as neighborhood development and regeneration, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (3 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 4 July - Thursday 22 July 2021*
    Housing dates: Friday 2 July - Friday 23 July 2021*
    Academic fees: €1650* read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €650* and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    Who is this programme for? Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For current university students (3rd & 4th year Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest and background in urban studies. Working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field are also welcome to apply.

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020. 

  • Programme description

    In this program students will explore housing, planning and policy issues in European cities as well as consider how these apply in other regions of the world. With a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as neighbourhood development and regeneration, housing finance and policy, urban planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and attractive cities, providing a fascinating laboratory for the exploration and examination of urban issues.

    This programme includes lectures on the following topics:

    • City spaces and urban places
    • Homes, housing and household issues
    • Neighbourhoods
    • Housing and Finance
    • City living and social segregation
    • Non Profit Housing Associations
    • Housing/urban planning/Issues in other countries
    • Urban development and redevelopment in a European context

    Participants will also have the opportunity to go on excursions throughout Amsterdam, and to neighbouring cities to gain insight into different urban environments, putting theories learned in class in practice. 

  • Academic directors

    Prof. Dr. Richard Ronald is a core member of the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is the Academic Director of the Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities programme. Among other functions, he is the editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, coordinator of the Home Ownership and Globalization Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research and Co-editor of the Palgrave book series The Contemporary City. He has published widely on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations in Europe and Pacific Asia including a number of monographs and edited volumes. Richard has held Japan Foundation as well as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships at Kobe University in Japan (2002-2006), and been a Visiting Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea (2010-2012) as well at the Asia Research Institute as National University Singapore (2015). He is originally a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

    Dr. Rowan Arundel is Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam. Within the research institute AISSR, he is a member of the group Urban Geographies. His interests cover many areas of urban geography, planning and housing studies with a focus on dynamics of housing inequalities and interactions between housing, labour and welfare, as well as more broadly spatial analysis and macro and micro quantitative methods

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Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July