think 3 Medium

Sustainable Cities

A general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development.

This course provides participants with a general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development. Given that the majority of the world's largest cities will be in the developing world, it is these cities that will be the core focus of this course. Course participants will be required to critically evaluate and analyse current trends, and test and apply a range of policy alternatives. Central themes will include: - comparative history of the city across the developed and developing world; - current urban trends, including urbanisation, urban poverty, urban economic trends and local governance; - the challenge of unsustainable urban systems for food supplies, waste, energy, water and CO2 emissions; - the social dynamics of cities, with special reference to African cities; - globalisation and the changing role of cities in the global economy; - policy prescriptions for urban problems from the main international institutions (World Bank Group, IMF and United Nations); - case studies of sustainable development in practice.

Mark

Mark is a Distinguished Professor and Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute.