Urban Studies

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

Course date

4 July - 15 July, 2005
Application deadline:
15 February, 2005
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: 

Kalman Buzas

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Kenneth Davey

University of Birmingham, International Development, UK

John Driscoll

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

Diane Stone

University of Warwick, PAIS, Warwick, United Kingdom

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
The course will focus on the urban and city policy related processes (analysis, formulation, acceptance and implementation) and strategic planning and implementation methodologies. It will start from the review of the context where local governments operate and the available strategic planning approaches, after 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 course will cover issues like decentralization, strategic planning methodology and practice and will have discussions on municipal finance and service delivery with special attention to local financial management and different partnership arrangements. The sectors like transportation, utilities, as well as programs and projects of urban rehabilitation, local economic development and urban development will be analyzed in detail. On the other hand, issues such as social inclusion, environment and urban economy will be treated as cross-cutting issues and discussed through their implication and relevance to the various key topics. Overall, the course will be specifically tailored around the crucial issues of local governance in the post-socialist region but will include methodology and analysis suitable for all countries involved in the globalization processes as well as case studies from different parts of the world.
Course-specific application requirement
Course applicants will be asked to submit a case study as the equivalent of one of the general application requirements listed in Section VIII. Attachments of the application form ("An English language article/research paper in progress, which you would like to develop for publishing as the outcome of the course").
The study should be a maximum three-page long description of a case proposed to be developed. The case subject should be from the problematics of urban management – urban planning, urban policies, public services, urban expansion, inter-communal cooperation, urban programs and projects. According to the quality of pre-course work, the developed case might be considered for presentation during the course, or for later publication. Both the description and, later, the cases will be in English language.