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Creating Ethical and Sustainable Cities at the Local Level

See how frameworks for ethical and sustainable cities can be localised, fostering resilient cities for the future.

Creating Ethical and Sustainable Cities at the Local Level
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Learn how you can contribute to the sustainable cities of tomorrow

It’s widely accepted that, as we look towards the future, we need to actively create cities that are ethical, sustainable, inclusive, and well-governed.

To do this, we need to localise frameworks and principles such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Green Deal and New European Bauhaus to make tangible differences.

Knowing how to start this localisation can be daunting, which is why this course from RMIT is so valuable.

By the end of this two-week course, you’ll have a good understanding of how you can leverage these frameworks and contribute to sustainable, resilient cities.

Unpack the importance of good governance and policy making

You’ll see how important localising the SDGs and initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus are to participatory governance. You will also consider how to avoid unintended negative outcomes in sustainability initiatives.

As you learn what an ethical, sustainable city is and why it’s important for the future, you’ll gain insight into how to influence good governance and policy making to improve participation.

Take a closer look at sustainable cities with real-world examples

All the concepts that are introduced in this course are done so through several sustainable city case studies.

You’ll have the chance to evaluate the different examples, assess how their governance and policies allowed them to implement various frameworks, and whether you could apply their methods.

Trust RMIT experts to guide you in creating resilient cities

RMIT is well-positioned to deliver a course on ethical and sustainable city frameworks.

With decades of experience and an engaging course, the top-ranked institution will support you on every step of your learning journey.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds As we know, cities around the world are facing unprecedented challenges relating to inequality and climate change. One thing is clear– we need to challenge ourselves and how our cities operate if we’re to find solutions to the urban crisis. So the aim of this course is to address that core question– how can we make our cities fairer, more sustainable, and inclusive? Each initiative must be scrutinised and tested for fairness and accountability. So in this course, you have a unique opportunity to learn how to develop such solutions, joining with people from other cities, learning together by understanding each other’s perspectives.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds So with ideas drawn from our book on ethical cities, we’ll ensure the course is grounded in independent research and connections with industry, government, and community groups. However, at the end of the day, it’s you that will make this course come alive. So be ready to reflect on your own life work and study experiments while our educators bring their research and expertise to the topic of ethical cities and sustainability.

What topics will you cover?

Over the two weeks of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the concept of ethical cities
  • Discuss the role of the SDGs and place-based approaches such as the New European Bauhaus for advancing sustainability in cities
  • Consider how to stop the sometimes unintended consequences of urban interventions
  • Facilitate a participatory approach to sustainability and city governance.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Explain the concept of ethical cities
  • Discuss the role of the SDGs and place-based approaches such as the New European Bauhaus for advancing sustainability in cities
  • Evaluate how to stop the sometimes unintended consequences of urban interventions
  • Develop a participatory approach to sustainability and city governance

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for all city and urban professionals, including planners, designers, and developers, who are interested in implementing the SDGs at city level.

Who will you learn with?

Prof Horne combines research leadership in design and social context at RMIT with participation in projects concerning the environmental, social and policy dimensions of housing and urban environments

My research focusses on environmental ethics, governance and diverse connections with nature, using a grounded, relational approach. Twitter: @lisadekleyn

Brendan is an urban planner by training based at Osaka University, Japan. His main areas of expertise include ethical cities, sustainability science and research/science communication.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

    1887
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 230Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

EIT Community

The EIT Community is an alliance of 4 EIT KICs: EIT Food, EIT Digital, EIT-Climate KIC and EIT Urban Mobility. In 2021, the EIT Community has leveraged its large network to support the design phase of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). A joint EIT Community NEB initiative was deployed to combine aesthetics, sustainability, and inclusion to increase citizen engagement and involve communities in the co-design of sustainable public spaces while delivering on the goals of the European Green Deal

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