BSc Geography / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Governing Urban Transformation
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Environment, Education and Development|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The first half of the course provides the theoretical, policy and technical background to the subject, while the second half engages with in-depth practical examples from current research projects to explore how these ideas play out in practice.
This course aims to:
- Understand the key challenges facing cities in the 21st Century
- Examine theories of governance and urban transformation
- Engage with research projects in the field of smart and sustainable cities
- Provide students with experience of working on applied challenges
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:
- Understand multi-stakeholder and partnership approaches to urban governance
- Articulate key urban challenges at the global scale
- Provide and critically assess in-depth examples of specific urban smart and sustainable initiatives from a variety of contexts
- Work in teams to address applied challenges
1. The urban challenge
2. Theories of governance
3. Theories of urban transformation
4. Sustainability transitions
5. From sustainable to smart cities
6. Introduction to group work
7. Urban innovation and living labs
8. How do cities learn?
9. Informal urbanism and sustainability in the Global South
10. Recap and exam revision
Teaching and learning methods
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and a limited number of tutorials to support the group work.
Students will be assessed by a group report of 3000 words (40%) and a 2 hour final exam (60%).
Formative feedback will be given through the weekly seminars to support student learning and engagement with the key concepts. Students will also be given formative feedback on an abstract of their group report submitted through Blackboard before Easter.
Bulkeley, H. and Castán Broto, V. 2013. ”Government by experiment? Global cities and the governing of climate change”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38: 361–75.
de Jong, M., Joss, S., Schraven, D., Zhan, C. and Weijnen, M., 2015. Sustainable–smart–resilient–low carbon–eco–knowledge cities; making sense of a multitude of concepts promoting sustainable urbanization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 109, pp.25-38.
Evans, J. (2012) Environmental Governance. Routledge, London
Evans, J., Karvonen, A. and Raven, R. (Eds.) (2016) The Experimental City: new modes and prospects of urban transformation. Routledge, London.
Environment and Planning A, Local Environment, Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|James Evans||Unit coordinator|