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Communicative Planning for Urban Mobility

Learn how to implement collaborative urban planning practices to successfully engage with stakeholders and deliver a quality plan.

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Discover the importance of collaborative (communicative) planning

Urban planning includes a complex stakeholder network, presenting many difficulties for urban mobility and transportation professionals.

This four-week course will help you explore different approaches, cases, and applications of collaborative planning as a solution to solve challenges.

What’s more, you’ll learn how to answer the many questions raised when trying to implement this strategy.

By the end of this engaging online course, you’ll understand how successful and sustainable urban mobility planning depends on the collaboration between citizens and communities, city officials, private businesses, and other stakeholders.

Increase your confidence operating in a VUCA world

To deepen your understanding of the complexity and context of the operational environment that planners work in, you’ll learn about policymaking and its impact on urban mobility planning.

This knowledge will help you gain the skills and confidence to operate effectively in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world.

Learn how to select the right tools for urban and transportation planning

Throughout the course, you’ll discover different ways to engage with all stakeholders.

You’ll learn how to select the right communicative and participatory planning tools and how to apply them in planning processes. You’ll also identify the best practices for social media engagement from a planning point of view.

Through this examination, you’ll be able to reflect on your own work and understand how to apply these tools to your project.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills to make your engagement process smoother and understand how to spread this knowledge among your team for more effective practices.


  • Week 1

    Planning Concepts and Policy

    • Introduction to the Communicative for Urban Mobility Course

      In this section we have gathered some useful information on the course objectives and outline, the course faculty as well as methods to enhance the learning experience. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the information.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      Welcome to Week 1 of Planning Concept and Policy. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 1 video.

    • Planning Concepts and Policy

      This week introduces planning and policy paradigms, processes and challenges for policy makers.

    • Wrapping up Week 1

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 2

    Planning Practices

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2 of Planning Practices. Before you start please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 2 video.

    • Planning Practices

      This week introduces planning processes. Understanding the context and the big picture is key to any successful and sustainable planning process.

    • Wrapping up Week 2

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 3

    Data Gathering and Engagement Tools

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3 of Data Gathering and Engagement Tools. Before you start please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 3 video.

    • Participation and Community Engagement Tools

      In this section, you will learn more about participation and community tools.

    • Social Media Tools in Participatory Urban Planning

      In this section, we take a look at social media tools in participatory urban planning.

    • Learning to Choose the Right Tools for Online Participation

      This section introduces tools for online participation.

    • Wrapping up Week 3

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 4

    Case Study: Walkable Helsinki

    • Introduction to Week 4

      Welcome to Week 4, Case Study: Walkable Helsinki. Before you start please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 4 video.

    • Walkable Helsinki

      This week introduces the Walkable Helsinki project. The project is an example of a successful public participation process that resulted in improving the walkability of the inner-city areas of Helsinki.

    • Wrapping up Week 4

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

    • Final Assessment and Conclusion

      You have almost made it to the end of this course! Now it's time for one last assignment. As the final assessment we have prepared a short knowledge check that contains a few questions of each week's content. Good luck!

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Interpret the complexity and context of the operational environment that planners work in
  • Assess policy making and its impact on urban mobility planning
  • Collect confidence while working in a VUCA world
  • Identify the planning challenge and learn to select the right tool to tackle it
  • Identify the right ways to engage in social media from a planning point of view
  • Reflect on your own work and identify pain points in communicative planning practices
  • Apply communicative and participatory planning tools to your own projects and make your engagement processes smoother and more successful
  • Report your learnings to your team and reflect together

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for urban mobility and transportation professionals, and urban planners.

It will also be useful for other professionals in the public and private sectors working in urban mobility and transportation.

Who will you learn with?

Mikko Laak is an executive education and professional development professional who works as Program Manager at Aalto University Executive Education.

Who developed the course?

EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

Aalto University Executive Education

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd provides executive education, professional development services, and training. It is our mission to build a better world through better leadership.

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