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"The combination of ecological and economical aspects in this master´s programme gives a holistic view to urban development. We have a lot of study visits and guest lecturers, combined with case studies this allows us to experience what our future jobs could be like." former student Olga Belorusova
Sustainable Urban Management is a one-year master's programme for professionals and students who want to be part of planning, developing and managing urban projects that lead to more sustainable development.
City housing projects like this one will be analysed in class with regard to how to make cities like it more sustainable.
Cities and urban areas face many challenges including their environmental impacts. Cities have also become increasingly important for society's well-being and for economic development and social integration. All over the world, strategies are developed and initiatives taken to influence the development of urban sustainability. The knowledge of how to build and manage sustainable cities, infrastructure, urban planning and architecture, is vital.
Malmö, well known for its support of urban projects, will be the starting point for discussions, analysis and critique of current issues. The city’s many urban sustainability projects will be visited, studied and compared to projects and cities worldwide, such as Vancouver and Mumbai.
This programme combines lectures and group work with field trips and individual written exams.
The programme is based on active student learning.Throughout the programme, lectures, exercises and study visits will relate to modules and case studies. You will present and discuss your understanding and comments on each other’s work at seminars. You will express yourself in written reports, oral presentations, urban design and through various forms of documentation such as photos and images.
Laura Vidje, 26, from Berlin was pleasantly surprised when her master’s thesis ”Green and Just? – Assessing the Socio-Spatial Distribution of Green Areas in Malmö” was chosen as the most well-executed thesis by the Department of Urban studies.*
" I think it was positive that the programme was short, challenging and intensive. There were many educational visits to interesting facilities and sustainable urban projects just around the corner in Malmö", says Laura Vidje (before Wascher)
“I passed with distinction and was awarded a scholarship for my well executed thesis at the awards ceremony at Börshuset in Malmö. I had carried out a quantitative analysis of green spaces in Malmö with the help of GIS and related this data to environmental justice issues. It took a lot of effort and energy to complete the thesis during this short period of time, so I was very happy to be rewarded for it in this special way”, says Laura Vidje, former student of the one-year master´s programme Sustainable Urban Management (SUM) at Malmö University.
Before completing her Master of Science in the Built Environment in Sweden she was studying environmental planning, ecology and landscape architecture at Technische Universität Berlin. During her bachelor studies she decided to conduct her internship at the agency for sustainable travel in Umeå, Sweden. There she got to develop her Swedish skills and also worked with international students. After completing a second internship in an eco-village in Iceland she returned to Sweden.
“I studied Sustainable Urban Management at Malmö University and I think it was positive that the programme was short, challenging and intensive. There were many educational visits to interesting facilities and sustainable urban projects just around the corner in Malmö.”
According to Laura, Malmö University provides a very international and good learning environment; she remembers many group projects, challenging discussions and exciting Prezi-presentations.
“You get access to everything you need during your studies. It is also easy to communicate with teachers directly and as we were a rather small group of students there was always the opportunity for in-depth discussions at seminars.”
Laura especially remembers many inspiring educational visits, for example to the SYSAV facility, the botanical Rooftop-Garden or the building site in Hyllie, Malmö, but also the intensive field trip to Germany, her country of birth. Laura says she would recommend the programme to other students if they already have some educational background in the specific field, such as a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or other studies that are relevant.
“As it is a one-year master's programme there is not that much time to delve deeply into every topic but it is good for getting an overview of the different sustainability aspects in an urban context. You can, of course, specialize within your thesis work, and it is useful if you are able to combine this with knowledge from your previous education, like I did with GIS for example.”
Directly after completing her studies at Malmö University Laura Vidje started working within the Streets and Parks Department of Malmö City. She worked in the operations and maintenance section for public spaces, where she managed data in GIS. After a year she started working with Cefur in Ronneby, Blekinge, which is a centre for research and sustainable development. Cefur is especially inspired by Cradle to Cradle, an optimistic approach that goes beyond sustainability and creates a basis for sustainable growth.
“My studies in sustainable urban management are definitely beneficial for my work here. We learned about the cradle to cradle concept in one of the seminars and also had the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things on our literature list.
* Read the thesis ”Green and Just? – Assessing the Socio-Spatial Distribution of Green Areas in Malmö”
"I enjoy the way students and professors interact in Sweden and like that students do a lot of work together in groups here." Olga Belorusova
Read Olga's blog Green Stories of Urban Places
Olga Belorusova, 28, comes from Belarus. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communications in 2005. After graduating from university Olga worked in the PR-department of Priorbank, JSC and in 2008 she joined the United Nations Population Fund Country Office in Belarus.
"During my work as a communicator for the UN I came in contact with challenges concerning the planning of growing cities and became interested in studying sustainable urban planning. I studied communication in Sweden for one semester in 2003 and since then I thought I should take my master’s degree in Sweden. I enjoy the way students and professors interact in Sweden and like that students do a lot of work together in groups here."
"The combination of ecological and economical aspects in this master´s programme gives a holistic view to urban development. We have a lot of study visits and guest lecturers, combined with case studies this allows us to experience what our future jobs could be like."
Olga succeeded in receiving a scholarship from the Swedish Institute for her master’s studies in Sustainable Urban Management in Malmö. Now Olga is a member of the Swedish Institute Network of Future Global Leaders. After completing her studies Olga would like to use her knowledge and experience in communications in promoting social, environmental and economic sustainability issues, smart city planning, sustainable development or socially responsible business.
After completing the Sustainable Urban Management master's programme you will have a detailed knowledge of urban development processes and will be able to work on issues of urban sustainability across disciplines and organisational boundaries.
Sectors you may work in include: municipal, regional or governmental agencies, the private construction sector, real estate development, the energy sector, or in consultancy services focused on sustainable urban development. Another option is to continue studies at PhD-level.
The programme was established 18 November 2009.
This programme syllabus (version 7) was approved 28 February 2012 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 01 September 2014.