Urban Studies

Co-sponsored by the the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of the Open Society Institute, Budapest

Course date

5 July - 16 July, 2004
Application deadline:
15 February, 2004
Course Director(s): 

Liviu Ianasi

School of Urban Planning, "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Planning, Bucharest, Romania

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Kenneth Davey

University of Birmingham, International Development, UK

Diane Stone

University of Warwick, PAIS, Warwick, United Kingdom

John Driscoll

Harvard University, Center for Urban Development Studies, Cambridge, United States of America

Katalin Tanczos

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Transport Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Course Manager: 

Masha Djordjevic

OSI / LGI - Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, Budapest, Hungary
Recent worldwide globalization trends and economic and political transformation processes in the countries of CEE and former Soviet Republics have shown the need for re-defining the role of local government. Ever-growing expectations of better governance and of professional practices throughout the world have increased the demand for professional education in local policy making, especially in the field of local strategy integration and strategic urban management. The proposed course is aimed at offering both understanding and knowledge related to new approaches in solving urban problems and establishing integrated urban policies and management. Faculty of the course consists of professors from leading universities and well-known urban policy experts.
The course is designed for urban professionals and policy analysts in the CEE region. It has an interdisciplinary approach that can enrich the education of professionals form any domain connected to urban policies. The course will review the context where local governments operate, the available strategic planning approaches, it will single out specific issues related to financial and sector policies, and in the closing block it will reconnect issues through the discussion of some integrated urban strategies.
The teaching methodology includes pre-course policy research and reading as well, as lectures, and interactive policy exercises during the course. The course aims to link general concepts to policy implications by applying the knowledge gained to concrete cases. The majority of exercises and discussions will be based on the policy cases prepared and presented by participants and led by policy experts who assist participants to consider and evaluate various policy alternatives for concrete situations.