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Spatial Planning: Integrating Circularity into Regional Development

Understand how to measure the multiple dimensions of circularity transitions to help achieve circularity in your region.

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Learn how to implement circularity principles into regional development

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how circularity principles can be integrated into regional development visions.

You’ll analyse existing governance approaches and discover how they can be used to implement circularity principles. You’ll also learn how to apply the transition awareness tool to aid the integration.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to conclude which aspects of your region are most advanced, and which need the most attention.

Develop your skills in spatial planning

Delving further into transition awareness tools, you’ll discover their importance in circularity to help hone your skills as a spatial planner.

You’ll explore different sectors and parameters to gain a comprehensive understanding of circularity transitions, using the tool to help ease the transition.

Explore the benchmark tool for circularity transitions

Next, you’ll explore cross-analyses of decision models and how to benchmark the route of a city and region along the transition from linear to circular.

You’ll also compare this to other regions to help generate opportunities for knowledge transfer.

Learn from the experts at TU Delft

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at TU Delft. With their research and dedicated academic staff, you’ll finish the course with the tools and knowledge to implement and measure circularity transitions.


  • Week 1

    Laying the Groundwork for Measuring the Circularity Transition

    • Introduction

      In this section, you will have the opportunity to meet the course team and your fellow learners.

    • Preparing to complete a Circularity Transition Assessment

      In this section, you will explore the Circularity Transition Assessment and Benchmarking tool and reflect on real case studies.

    • Assignment: Circularity Transition Assessment workshop

      In this section, you will think of on a hypothetical stakeholders' workshop to tackle the Circularity Transition Assessment of your region.

    • Week 1 Wrap-up

      This section invites you to reflect on what you have learn this week.

  • Week 2

    Applying the Transition Awareness tool

    • Introduction

      Ready to start working on your study region? In this section, you will get an overview of what this hands-on week is about.

    • The Circularity Transition Assessment and Benchmarking tool

      In this section, you will review an open access paper about Cross Analysis of Decision Models and gather ideas to continue analysing your Case Study Region.

    • Assignment: Circularity Assessment

      In this section, you will apply the Circularity Assessment Tool to your Case Study Region.

    • Course Test

      In this section, you will find the final test of this course.

    • Week 2 Wrap-up and Next Steps

      This section invites you to reflect on what you have learned this week. You will also learn about other Circular Regions courses.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore a region’s progress towards circularity by applying the transition awareness tool.
  • Compare the progress of a region towards circularity against other regions.
  • Discuss opportunities for knowledge transfer regarding regional transitions from linear to circular.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working or studying the field of spatial planning or circularity and are interested in bridging the gap between them.

It will also be useful for professionals working in urban planning departments in either the public or private sector.

Who will you learn with?

I research and teach the spatial dimension of the circularity transitions of cities and regions.

I'm interested in integrated spatial strategies, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to tackle issues of liveability and circularity.

Who developed the course?

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

With the mission of Educating the World, the TU Delft Extension School for Continuing Education offers online courses to equip people to solve today’s global challenges and pursue career goals.

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  • Location

    Delft, The Netherlands

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  • Tests to validate your learning
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