Urban Ecological Planning

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Urban Ecological Planning

– Learning outcome

Learning outcome

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Learning outcome

The unique and innovative approach of Urban Ecological Planning to inclusive, integrated and participatory planning research and practice provides the candidates with essential knowledge, skills and capacities to become successful leaders in the field. It cultivates informed, reflected and responsible urban professionals that are able to work in a wide range of areas related to urban planning, social development and international cooperation.


The candidates
  • Have a practice based understanding of complex urban issues and can relate these issues to key theoretical concepts in urban theory, urban planning, theories of urban poverty, livelihood and marginalisation of social and political ecology and development theory;
  • Have critical knowledge of the participatory and strategic modes of urban planning and development.They can reflect on their own role as urban experts, especially concerning professional and ethical positions in situations that require mediation of interests, the protection of marginalised groups or the implementation of social rights
  • Have adequate knowledge of current international charters, norms, goals and policies such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, that guide urban planning and development policy and practice;
  • Have a decent understanding of dynamic and complex urban contexts especially in situations of uncertainty and contingency experienced due to global challenges such as natural and man-made disasters, climate change, economic crises etc.

General competencies

The candidates have:
  • A strong sense of social responsibility and can articulate clearly their own role as urban professionals engaging with critical societal challenges;
  • The capacity to facilitate decision making in conflicting situations, based on professional competence and ethical maturity;
  • The ability for lifelong learning in the profession and a strong motivation to apply and expand the core values of the profession
  • The skills for team work in transdisciplinary, intercultural and international groups and to take leadership roles in such groups;
  • The proficiency to communicate research outcomes to both academic and non-academic stakeholders.


The candidates have the ability to:  
  • Apply multidisciplinary methods for participatory engagement with communities,through, for example, methods for trust building, data gathering, generation of ideas as well as co-design of strategic action;
  • Link theoretical concepts with empirical observations to understand urban contexts and formulate well-grounded arguments and narratives for research and collaborative design and action planning;
  • To independently conceptualize, structure and undertake an academic research project based on primary empirical information which is analysed and synthesized into findings, following codes of ethical practice and research;
  • Adequate familiarity with media and digital tools that are relevant for present-day practice;
  • Conceptualise, formulate, structure and evaluate projects, in multi stakeholder contexts, for urban development.