December 28, 2016

Course Details


Program Outline

UEM draws on and integrates theories and perspectives in established disciplines of urban planning, urban and regional development, urban economics, sustainable development, and urban policy and management studies into a distinctive framework of problems, issues and questions concerning the urban environment, in a developing country/city context.

Themes include urbanization processes, urban indicators and monitoring, spatial analytical techniques, governance of urban regions, modeling and scenario analysis, training in waste management, environmental assessment for water-related policies and developments, etc.


Program Learning Outcome

UEM develops the capabilities and skills to through various teaching, research and outreach programs. Often our students apply mixed methods combining geo-information or environmental impact assessment technologies with socio-economic indicators to capture various aspects in deteriorating environmental conditions that threaten urban productivity, quality of life of urban residents, and social cohesion of urban communities. Policy and strategic implications include in-depth understanding of social institutions, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and services, governance as well as instruments of regulations, managing development projects, public information incentives and finance.

UEM graduates are expected to play a leading role in improving urban environmental conditions from a full force of challenging urban development issues.



Course Contents

The degree program is divided into required & elective (and selected) course modules and independent study (thesis or dissertation research).

Required courses

  • Urban Environmental Management Systems
  • Urban Environmental Management Research Methods and Techniques
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management Workshop
  • Urban Environmental Management Research Design

Elective courses

  • Urban Planning and the Built-Environment
  • Environmental Science and Technology for Decision Makers
  • Disaster Management in Urban Environmental Planning
  • Management of Urban Housing, Infrastructure and Services
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment for Urban Development
  • Governance and Urban Management
  • Urban Economics and Finance
  • Assessment and Implementation of Development Projects
  • Mega-City Development and Management

Selected Topics

  • Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Management for Urban Professionals
  • Spatial Analysis for Urban Environmental Management
  • Urban Resilience and Risk Management
  • Urban Governance and Economics for Holistic Waste Service Delivery


Research Areas

Writing a thesis requires a range of planning and research skills that will be of great value in your future career and within organizations. Therefore, the thesis topic and question should be sufficiently focused in depth on a particular interest, with support from a thesis supervisor.

A selection of recent students’ research topics:

  • Urban sustainable land use planning and management
  • Management of urban infrastructure and services
  • Environmental systems analysis and sustainability assessment
  • Water supply and sanitation management in urban regions
  • Urban solid waste management and recycling
  • Adaptation approaches to disaster risks and climate change in urban areas
  • Economic analysis and environmental assessment for urban development
  • Urban development and management information systems
  • Eco-sensitive planning and low impact development in urban areas
  • Policies and measuresĀ in addressing issues such as urban ecological footprint, low carbon cities and societies
  • Community-based urban environmental management
  • Urban poverty, housing, informal sector and home-based enterprises
  • Urban and regional planning matters, including preparation of city and regional plans
  • Urban redevelopment and regeneration toward livable cities
  • Development of tools for assessing urban systems and risks
  • Governance in the context of tourism urbanization and climate change