Urban Studies

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

Course date

2 July - 13 July, 2007
Application deadline
15 February, 2007
Course Director(s): 

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

John Driscoll

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

Liviu Ianasi

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

Adrian Ionescu

Joint Integrated Local Development Programme, UNDP, Moldova

Zsuzsa Kasso

Private consultant

Gyorgy Schultz

Mayor's Office in the City of Szekesfehervar

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 explore drivers and processes of urban change and the decisions made in the public domain to influence these processes in transitional cities. The focus of the course is on public management: the role of the public sector, and its potential approaches to impact or manage urban change. Urban policy process and facets of urban politics will be discussed and various strategic approaches to urban planning and management will be presented together with application cases.

The first week will discuss urban politics, and the urban policy and strategy process and will show how local strategies for triggering urban change and transformations of local processes can be designed or can evolve as a consequence of public sector initiatives. Through real-world examples three kinds of complex strategies will be compared: city development strategies, area-based strategies and local economic development strategies.

During the second week sector, concepts related to urban finance and organization of local service delivery will be discussed. After the systematic presentation of basic local public finance and management concepts and techniques, sector studies of transportation and utilities will show the specific applications and a complex Capital Investment Planning exercise will connect financial and organization decisions to the strategy discussions of the first week.

Applicants for this course should send a one page proposal for a case or teaching block and a 1 page long motivation letter where they explain why they selected the course, how does it relate to their work and how they expect to use the knowledge and experience learned.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their:
• previous experience and actual work
• case study or a short teaching block draft
• motivation letter