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Innovations in the Management of the Urban Environment

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course explores issues in the development and application of innovative technologies and approaches in the management of the contemporary city. The aim of the course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of what public innovation is, who manage it in the city, for whom and how. The course is inter-disciplinary in nature and is intended to develop knowledge and skills related to successful urban governance in the digital world. It covers many of the cutting edge services, solutions and products that help to reframe the contemporary urban management for the city and citizens’ sake. The course consists of three parts. The first part presents the theoretical framework of innovation in the contemporary urban management. It stresses the importance of transition from public administration to the management of the urban environment, and shows the role of governance innovation in this process. The second part focuses on the analysis of the new services, products or approaches that are used in the cities worldwide to improve outcomes for the urban environment. Special attention is paid to innovative ideas and approaches in the public sector and urban governance. A particular focus is made on the challenges of innovations and on the ways to develop institutional conditions within the public sector that can stimulate the implementation and diffusion of innovations in the city. Students learn to understand the innovative ways to manage key areas of urban environment, such as urban energy planning and governance; urban design and planning; housing innovations; public transport and urban mobility. The third part discusses how to manage people, budgets, processes and other resources to improve outcomes for the city. This part provides students with comprehensive tools, methods, processes and structures of resource flexibility for more innovation in the urban environment. Students examine the role of urban analytics for management of the urban environment; discuss the prospective skills of urban managers in the contemporary world. A particular focus is made on the importance of citizen engagement and building the city community to improve the design, management and public programs for innovations.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To develop a theoretical framework of innovation in the contemporary urban management.
  • To learn new services, products or approaches that are used in the cities worldwide to improve outcomes for the urban environment.
  • To provide students with comprehensive tools, methods, processes and structures of resource flexibility for more innovation in the urban environment.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Categorizes the innovative services and actions developed by the city government.
  • Classifies different models and strategies of the “innovative city” development.
  • Develops an innovative city initiative with its corresponding sources of funding.
  • Inspects the role and relationships between the different stakeholders in the process of innovation in the urban environment.
  • Justifies the prospective skills of urban managers.
  • Reviews different field of application of innovative ways to manage the key areas of urban environment
  • Understands basic theoretical foundations of innovative process in the urban environment.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Urban management and urban innovation
  • The innovative ways to manage the key areas of the urban environment
  • Prospective skills of urban managers
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Urban Innovation Games
    Based on the proposed real case of using digital innovative solutions in urban management, elaborate the case in a game format (similar to the example demonstrated in the classroom).
  • non-blocking Innovative city initiative
    Students present an innovative city initiative with its corresponding sources of funding. The purpose of this task is to place students in the role of decision-makers in a contemporary city, asking them to formulate a problem, to outline the innovative management strategies, and to develop reasonable policy recommendations.
  • non-blocking Theoretical research
    Students are encouraged to conduct a theoretical study of the concept of Innovation in management of the urban environment and present the results of the literature analysis.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.5 * Urban Innovation Games + 0.3 * Innovative city initiative + 0.2 * Theoretical research
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Döring, M. V. (DE-588)1176428632, (DE-627)1047421038, (DE-576)516615696, aut. (2019). Energy planning towards sustainability anchoring Tunisia’s energy transition to the local level Maurice Döring ; BICC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.516596543
  • 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
  • The politics of urban informality : innovations in theory and research design from the city’s margins / Issue editors: Adam M. Auerbach, Adrienne LeBas, Alison Post, Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro. (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.515641634
  • Urban Technological Innovation: Developing and Testing a Sociotechnical Framework for Studying Smart City Projects. (2018). Urban Affairs Review, 54(2), 363. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.dspace.library.uu.nl.1874.381067
  • William F. Lever. (2014). Innovation in urban policy: collaboration rather than competition between cities. Chapters, 91. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.h.elg.eechap.15020.7

Recommended Additional 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
  • Bevilacqua, C., & Pizzimenti, P. (2016). Urban Innovation-Oriented Policies And Knowledge Dynamics: Insights From Boston And Cambridge, Us. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1473466
  • Couros, G. (2015). The Innovator’s Mindset : Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2126999
  • Energy Transition and Urban Planning for Local Development. A Critical Review of the Evolution of Integrated Spatial and Energy Planning. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B3FFAA60
  • Martins, J. S. B. (2018). Towards Smart City Innovation Under The Perspective Of Software-Defined Networking, Artificial Intelligence And Big Data. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1467771
  • Mohammed Agbali, Claudia Trillo, Yusuf Arayici, & Terrence Fernando. (2017). Creating Smart And Healthy Cities By Exploring The Potentials Of Emerging Technologies And Social Innovation For Urban Efficiency: Lessons From The Innovative City Of Boston. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1130403
  • Willis, N. (2019). Growth Mindset: A Practical Guide. London: Bloomsbury Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1998987