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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.
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.
Rapid urbanisation transforms countries and regions worldwide. Mega-cities are merging into conurbations known as "mega-regions", difficult to manage and improve. Yet these urban regions are the homes to millions of urban dwellers. Developing and managing sustainable urban agglomerations are major challenges on a global scale, and the demand for professionals with a competence in sustainable urban management will be great.
Per Olof Hallin is professor in Human Geography, Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University. His main research interests are sustainable urban development and municipal risk and vulnerability analysis.
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 5) was approved 09 December 2010 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012.