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Management of Urban Infrastructures

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


This blended learning course explores important issues in the development and application of fundamental considerations for city managers in managing urban infrastructures. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of concepts of Sustainability, Resilience and Efficiency. The online incorporated in this syllabus is Management of Urban Infrastructures MOOC, Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/learn/managing-urban-infrastructures-1). Today, more than 3.9 billion people, making up more than 54% of the global population, live in cities. Urbanization is expected to continue in the coming years, raising the urban population to 6.0 billion by 2045. This dramatic increase in urban populations will inevitably increase the demand for energy, mobility (transportation), water, and other urban services in every city around the world. Without functional governance and management structures that ensure efficient, resilient and sustainable performance in cities, the current urbanization growth might become a catastrophic risk threatening the quality of life of the humanity. Sustainable development in 21st century can only be realized by introducing innovations in both management and operations of urban infrastructures systems. Developing management practices that effectively integrates the processes of urban planning with urban infrastructures planning and management is a challenging goal that many cities are struggling with nowadays, but is a must for transforming cities to sustainable and resilient engines of growth in both developing and developed economies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce students to the concepts of sustainability in relation to the urgent issues of urban management and urban governance.
  • To discuss problems of environmental challenges and infrastructural changes in contemporary cities.
  • To explore the basic principles of urban infrastructure management that are fundamental for building prosperous cities that are sustainable, resilient and efficient.
  • To develop critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary urban governance and its future modes of development
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Describes the main environmental problems in their relation to urban management and urban innovation.
  • Compares contemporary urban practices in innovation, sustainability, equity and connectedness.
  • Conducts a theoretically informed interpretation of the principles of urban infrastructure management.
  • Analyses challenges and opportunities of urban energy management.
  • Discusses challenges of managing urban transport.
  • Identifies and discusses contemporary processes of urban infrastructure management.
  • Reviews competing models for the management of the urban environment and urban infrastructures.
  • Communicates effectively in writing and orally on course topics to an audience consisting of both peers and more senior specialists.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Urban environmental issues
    a. Introduction to the course. b. Key environmental problems, urban management and urban innovation. c. Best urban practices in innovation, sustainability, equity and connectedness. d. Key stakeholders of urban development, and strategies of collaboration.
  • Urban management and urban infrastructures
    a. Introduction to urban infrastructures. b. Introduction to principles of urban infrastructure management. c. Introduction to urban energy management. d. Introduction to urban transport management.
  • The future of urban infrastructures
    a. The role of public management in urban development. b. New city standards and indicators: sustainability, quality of life, and digitalization. c. Urban analytics for management of the urban environment. d. Concluding workshop (final in-class presentations).
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking Assignment#1 (case description)
  • non-blocking Assignment#2 (project)
  • non-blocking Final examination
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.25 * Assignment#1 (case description) + 0.25 * Class participation + 0.5 * Final examination
  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Assignment#2 (project) + 0.2 * Class participation + 0.25 * Final examination + 0.25 * Interim assessment (1 module)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A Method for the Evaluation of Urban Freight Transport Models as a Tool for Improving the Delivery of Sustainable Urban Transport Policy. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.9FBD323C
  • Cohen, S. (2018). The Sustainable City. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1628839
  • Gil García, J. R., Pardo, T., & Nam, T. (2016). Smarter As the New Urban Agenda : A Comprehensive View of the 21st Century City. Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1060636
  • Shiftan, Y., & Attard, M. (2015). Sustainable Urban Transport. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1001653
  • Song, H., Srinivasan, R., Sookoor, T., & Jeschke, S. (2017). Smart Cities : Foundations, Principles, and Applications. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1538715

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Angelopoulos, C. M., Katos, V., Kostoulas, T., Miaoudakis, A., Petroulakis, N., Alexandris, G., … Tsatsoulis, C. I. (2019). IDEAL-CITIES: A Trustworthy and Sustainable Framework for Circular Smart Cities. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsarx&AN=edsarx.1907.11042
  • Fisher, S. C., Fanelli, R. M., & Selbig, W. R. (2016). Urban infrastructure and water management : science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey / by Shawn C. Fisher, Rosemary M. Fanelli, and William R. Selbig. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgpr&AN=edsgpr.001027534
  • Kammen, D., & Sunter, D. (2016). City-integrated renewable energy for urban sustainability. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.oai%3aescholarship.org%2fark%3a%2f13030%2fqt9bt3c7q8
  • Omid Ghorbanzadeh, Sarbast Moslem, Thomas Blaschke, & Szabolcs Duleba. (2018). Sustainable Urban Transport Planning Considering Different Stakeholder Groups by an Interval-AHP Decision Support Model. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F5996733
  • Sioshansi, F. P. (2011). Energy, Sustainability and the Environment : Technology, Incentives, Behavior. Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=368700
  • Trends in Citizen-Generated and Collaborative Urban Infrastructure Feedback Data: Toward Citizen-Oriented Infrastructure Management in Japan. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B590F6F