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Strategic Spatial Planning for Circular Regional Development

Discover how targeted interventions could help kickstart the circularity transition in your region.

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Identify strategic spatial interventions in the real world with TU Delft

On this two-week course from TU Delft, you’ll learn how to plan appropriately sized spatial interventions that drive the circular economy in your own region.

Using real-life case studies, you’ll develop your knowledge of the processes for implementing circular strategies within spatial developments.

Explore strategic interventions at all levels

Successful spatial strategies are composed of a functional and spatially integrated network of interventions in order to deliver a comprehensive regional circularity vision.

You’ll delve into suitable strategic interventions at regional, district, and project levels, allowing you to identify how the circular economy can be furthered in various contexts.

Examine how environmental planning instruments can affect market actors

Planning instruments can be used in various ways to support spatial interventions and activate development actors.

You’ll take an in-depth look at the four main planning instruments, from market shaping to market stimulation, learning how each can lead to actions that have spatial implications.

Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to fully realise your spatial vision, by maximising the tools at your disposal.

Learn how to implement strategic interventions from a management perspective

Using examples of rural and urban interventions, you’ll explore approaches to circular area development before moving on to looking at circular area development management in more detail.

You’ll investigate the types of support needed to successfully implement a circular area development plan, always keeping in mind a focus of circularity.

You’ll finish this course able to develop strategic spatial interventions relevant to your own context, informed by your knowledge of the processes needed to ensure its success.


  • Week 1

    Introducing Strategic Spatial Interventions

    • Introduction

      Get to know the instructor for this course, and introduce yourself to your fellow learners.

    • Strategic Spatial Interventions for Circular Regions

      What is a strategic spatial intervention? What makes them especially strategic? In this activity, Lei explains in detail the purpose and types of strategic spatial interventions within the context of a circularity transition.

    • Assignment: Analysing a Strategic Spatial Intervention

      An activity to allow you to put what you have just learned into practice.

    • Week 1 Wrap-up

      A quick summary of this week's lessons and findings.

  • Week 2

    Implementing Strategic Spatial Interventions

    • Introduction

      A quick introduction to Week 2 of this course, Strategic Interventions for Spatial Planning

    • Circular Area Development Planning

      In this section, you will be introduced to different Circular Area Development approaches.

    • Circular Area Development Management

      In this section, you will reflect on the support needed for a Circular Area Development plan.

    • Assignment: Proposing a Strategic Spatial Intervention

      In this section, you will work on the week's assignment.

    • 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 Spatial Circularity Strategies 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...

  • Identify strategic spatial interventions from real-life examples, based on principles of circular regional development and strategic spatial planning.
  • Summarise key elements of a strategic spatial intervention for a circular region.
  • Evaluate how to kick-start the circularity transition in your region.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals working or studying in the field of spatial planning or circularity.

It would be particularly beneficial for those in urban planning including circularity experts, spatial planners, spatial circularity project advisors and consultants, and policy makers on spatial circularity who want to further their knowledge of strategic interventions.

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.

  • Established

  • Location

    Delft, The Netherlands

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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