This course runs full time between March and June each year. We strongly recommend that this course is not combined with other courses running parallel. The schedule is tight, and there are many mandatory seminars and exercises. The course is an independent Masters level course and not part of the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development Masters Programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Rapid urbanization that is currently taking place poses great challenges as well as exciting opportunities. 60% of the area projected to be urban in 2030 has not yet been built, and we need to do better. To ensure the long-term well-being of urban residents and to reduce urban pressure on global systems future cities need to be just, green, resource efficient, and populated by engaged citizens. This will need a comprehensive understanding of what urban systems are what urbanisation means .
Urban social-ecological systems is a transdisciplinary course where the complexities of cities are explored through a systems lens combining and integrating ecological, social and economic aspects. This lens will allow you to ask hard questions, such as: What does biodiversity have to do with citizens’ well-being? What is urban resilience? What changes of governance are needed to establish and maintain urban sustainable development trajectories?
The course recognises the value of a plurality of perspectives and the co-creation of knowledge, and our instructors represent both multiple academic disciplines and applied work in practice. The lectures will provide state of the art knowledge about urban systems, and explore research frontiers. Linkages between science, policy, and practice are emphasized throughout the course. This connection is both locally anchored, through our long term interactions with the Stockholm metropolitan region, and internationally relevant, due to the extensive network of urban researchers connected to Stockholm Resilience Centre.
In addition to theory and grounded examples, the course will introduce a portfolio of different scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, that can be used to substantiate a systems based understanding of cities. Turning theory and methods into action research is the focus of the second part of the course where you will design and run a field based project applying the theoretical frame and methodological approaches learned during the course.
Please explore the course content further by reading the USES 2018 course syllabus and literature list (see links in "Read More" box). A detailed course syllabus for 2019 and required readings will be available four weeks before the course starting date.
Admittance to the course requires knowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including a minimum of 75 credits in any of the disciplines biology, geography, history, political science, architecture and urban planning.
Please note that the current course plan is being updated and that Architecture and Urban Planning will be included in the list of requirements in October 2018. Applicants who fulfill these new requirements can apply for the course from 15 September even under the current course plan.
Research news | 2018-11-20
The sixth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-20
Several new and exciting projects will be initiated
Research news | 2018-11-17
Study reveals deeply contrasting realities for farmers in South Africa
Research news | 2018-11-16
New report projects area of habitat larger than New Zealand could be lost to urbanization over next 20 years
Research news | 2018-11-15
The fifth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-13
First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several are already crossed