The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem

Learn how to connect urban material, water, and energy flows to build a truly sustainable city. This programme is developed in collaboration with Metabolic, a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle major sustainability challenges.

Due to their environmental impact, cities play a crucial role in the transition towards sustainable societies. Despite the fact that they occupy only 3% of the global terrestrial surface, cities house more than half of the world’s population, consume 7% of its natural resources, and are directly and indirectly responsible for 60 to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP, 2012). The urban environment thus acts as a nexus of material flows and nodes for energy, water, consumption and production. Cities are key leverage points that demand our focus if we are to accelerate the necessary transition to circular and sustainable systems, both locally and globally.

Academic Dates: 10 July - 26 July 2018
Housing Dates: 8 July - 27 July 2018
Academic Directors: Dr. Mendel Giezen, Gerard Roemers and Nadine Galle
Application Deadline: 15 April 2018


*Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change

** Applications are open so that people applying for NUFFIC/NFP scholarships can work on their applications. Please note that we will be updating all of our course websites with new information in September.

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