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What is this course about?

As Julie Greenwalt explains in this video, growing cities house a majority of the human population and create most of our economic wealth. Climate adaptation can lower the vulnerability of …

Introducing the ‘smart city’

In this video step you will be introduced to the concept of the ‘smart’ city and learn how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data analytics can be …

How can telecoupling contribute?

In the previous steps, we have learned how complex drivers of change shape urbanization, urban concentration, as well as the spatial configuration of cities in general. We have also explored …

What drives urbanization?

In this video, Shuaib Lwasa further explains the dynamics behind the concept of urbanization by introducing you to key drivers of urbanization and the direction in which they are taking …

Urban expansion

As the previous discussion step has shown, urbanization can be defined in a variety of ways. Primarily, urbanization is a concept that we use to describe two often related but …

Urban adaptation governance

It should be clear from the previous two weeks that, on an urban planet, cities are relevant to global climate change adaptation efforts and vice versa. But why does this …

Welcome to Sustainable Cities

Welcome to the course Sustainable Cities! The next three weeks of this course are devoted to the exploration of urban adaptation governance. We will discuss what the governance of urban …

Introductions

The course was developed by the University of Groningen Campus Fryslân and the Global Center on Adaptation. The actual course design was done by a smaller team of experts: Dr. …

Introduction

Welcome to the third and last week of your course. This is perhaps the most important one, as it explores how to put into action what you have learned in …

Introduction to urban systems and typologies

Urban typologies describe an urban system in a detailed way and are used by urban planners and researchers. Describing urban systems demands an understanding of the characteristics of the city …

From cities to urban systems

Well done! You have now successfully completed the first part of this course. Over the past week, we have jointly explored urbanization dynamics and their underlying drivers, we have discussed …