Urban Systems (2014-2015)


What makes a city adaptive and resilient?

For the first time in history, the majority of the world´s population lives in cities. One of the grand global challenges of our time is to develop attractive, resilient and sustainable cities. Cities and urban regions are complex systems. As a prerequisite for their adaptation to future needs,an in-depth understanding of the underlying designs, engineering possibilities and governance options are required. Furthermore, there is a need to develop innovative linkages between these areas of action.

The guiding question for the Doctoral School

How can optimal conditions be created for improving the adaptive capacity and resilience of cities? In three modules, a selected group of PhD students were provided with the unique opportunity to explore this question based on the perspectives from different disciplines. They took a close look at urban systems in Europe, for example the Amsterdam region, and in Asia, including visits to  Singapore and Guangzhou, China. The IDEA League offered 25 highly qualified PhD students free participation, including a study trip to Asia, by organizing and financing the entire programme. The participants received room and board, and a grant of 1000 Euro towards their travel expenses.

Integral part of the PhD work

The Doctoral School Programme on Urban Systems was designed to be an integral part of the PhD work of the participating students. During the first module, they developed a research question on which they will, individually and in groups, elaborate throughout the programme. The process was a continuous reflection on the new findings and insights, resulting in a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal (5000 words min) presented at the final stage of the programme.

This programme was conducted in 2014-2015

For information, download the Programme Brochure

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