Urban Ecological Planning

Learning outcomes



Knowledge and understanding:

  • Knowledge and experience about urban dynamics of growth and marginalization in cities of the developing world with a focus on non-planned neighbourhoods – both in urban centers and the urban fringe.
  • Insight into the interrelationships between livelihoods, tenure security and urban upgrading in the context of conflicting objectives of equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.
  • Knowledge of planning for strategic change and action at the local level and linking strategic action to networks of urban governance and management for ‘scaling up' of development initiatives.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Competence in field based studies of communities using participative tools for planning strategic action in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Independently planning and executing theoretically grounded academic research on key substantive areas of interest in the program and analysing empirical material gathered from field studies.
  • Develop skills to engage with varied stakeholders in the development process and to engage communities for planning strategic action at the local level.

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge of two specific, underprivileged neighbourhoods (one in a developing country, the other in a Nordic country), their territorial strength in terms of organisation, resources, skills and access to land, but also their struggle, and changing livelihood conditions.
  • Experience in how to address both non-planned and planned neighbourhoods in urban centres and fringe areas for the purpose of livelihood improvements, tenure security and urban upgrading in contexts of conflicts of objectives of equity, environmental sustainability and civil society interests.
  • Understanding of specific cases of building strategic responsibility and action at higher levels of urban governance and management in terms of 'scaling up' local development initiatives.


  • Knowledge of integrated action planning and integrated local planning processes building both on local defined priorities and local ownership and higher levels strategic action.
  • Competence in applying, examining and analyzing participative tools.
  • Ability to use geographical information systems (GIS) as an important tool in urban mapping, planning and management.

General competence

  • Awareness of the struggle of the urban poor in terms of entitlements to land, work, and participation in the civil society, and overall livelihood improvements.
  • Understanding of what are contextual and general issues in local and higher level urban transition in both developing and Nordic countries as well as their localised and interrelated nature.
  • Knowledge on the interface and the potential conflicts between targeted strategies addressing urban poverty and urban environmental strategies.