The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Postgraduate modules

Browse the sections below to find out more about the wide range of postgraduate modules available at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit.

Please refer to the Module Guide as this webpage might not be updated with the last information 

DEVP0002 Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development

With theoretical grounding in continental philosophy and post-structuralist critical thinking (Lefebvre, Foucault, Agamben, Rancière), the module develops students’ understanding of the complexity, dynamism and transformative processes that form and transform urban areas. It traces the influence of historical, physical, natural and cultural aspects as well as that of economic and institutional forces on the origins and spatial development of cites. Fundamental concepts from urban studies, urbanism and urban design are integrated, thus adopting a multidimensional and multidisciplinary vision and approach in recalibrating urban design praxis.

The module aims to provide students with a structured understanding of the forces that shape and develop cities, particularly in situations of contested urbanisms and geographies of the Global South. It offers a critical consideration on the epistemological and methodological limits of urban design. It also provides an opportunity for students to develop a common vocabulary and set of concepts with which to analyse, understand and explain the form, structure, processes and dynamics of urban areas. Operation The module comprises of a series of synchronous and asynchronous activities in each of Term 1 and Term 2 and is interactive in character. Sessions in

Term 1 comprise a variety of methods, primarily class lectures, seminars and discussions.

Term 2 additionally introduces a London case study in collaboration with a London Council and/or local community groups. Students will work in groups to deliver two assessed reports (an urban analysis report and a development brief). Individual and small-group tutorials will be scheduled to support the process of investigation.

Recent student work can be found here.

Tutors: Dr Camillo Boano and Giorgio Talocci

DEVP0003 Participatory Processes: Building for Development

The module aims to locate contemporary urban design practice in the evolving dynamic of urbanisation, capitalism and democracy. This module examines the multiple meanings of participatory urban design, linking theoretical debates with practice-based research. Its central focus is to examine relevant aspects around the role of participatory design in challenging conditions of poverty and in facilitating alternative development paradigms to emerge. This approach seek to provide a structured understanding of the ways in which urban design can be harnessed to effect realistic and creative urban transformations, particularly in cities of the Global South.

The objective of the module is to provide students with a structured understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques related to participatory urban design practices through case study analysis of various bottom-up urban space interventions. Students will also be able to critically rethink their role as engaged practitioners in participatory (design) projects.

Term 1: Part one: participation, design and development. The guiding questions of this term are: What is participatory urban design? Why to engage citizens in the design of cities? Who leads participatory urban design processes? What is the methodological repertoire for urban design?

Term 2: Part two: analysing the practice of participation. The guiding questions of this term are: Why and how participatory urban design can foster spatial justice? How do participatory urban design processes operate? What is the methodological repertoire for urban design? What are the implications of practicing urban design in the Global South?

Tutors: Dr Catalina Ortiz and Dr Giovanna Astolfo

DEVP0004 Building and Urban Design in Practice

This is a practice-based module delivered through studio teaching that involves collaborative and cooperative learning. It provides an opportunity for students to put into practice their theoretical and methodological learning as they tackle a sequence of projects through a learning-by-doing approach. 

Various analysis methodologies are introduced and used as a vehicle to conduct detailed investigation and interpretative responses. Through the exploration of alternative modes of urban engagement and action research practices, students work towards developing, designing and visualising their urban design interventions that are grounded in the principles of social and environmental justice. Three core projects are introduced:

A studio based case study that is studied remotely; this may involve investigating one or two study areas using an analytical framework to guide students through the research design process. Find out more about the Urban Intervention Studio. A short three day BUDD camp engages students with a city to discover and tackle how social-cultural tensions can manifest themselves in urban space, and how in turn, urban space impacts these social-spatial outcomes. Find out more about BUDD camp.


Tutors: Dr Catalina Ortiz, Giorgio Talocci and Dr Camillo Boano

  • Later in the third term, students undertake an overseas practice engagement where they get the opportunity to work with local organisations and community groups who are delivering bottom-up processes of urban change. Find out more about our practice engagement. For more information see the BUDD overseas practice engagement page.
DEVP0006 Critical Urbanism Studio I - Learning from Informality: Case Studies and Alternatives

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

Cities everywhere are being created without any architects or planners involved. An often quoted statistics is how almost 1 billion people live in informal settlements. Initiatives are trying to manage and control this informality in cities. With these unique challenges in mind, this module questions the definition of urbanism towards one that is social in nature and asks, what and for whom urbanism is for?

Through case study analysis this module presents how informal urban territories are imagined and constituted and serves as an opportunity to interrogate the role of design, architecture and urbanism in such contested urban settings. It encourages students to critically appraise this radical form of urban design and building of cities and seeks to underscore what could be learnt from such phenomena. The module is delivered in a studio based format, where students are tasks with delivering their own holistic and strategic urban design intervention to tackle a particular case study.

Tutor: Dr Giovanna Astolfo

DEVP0007 Critical Urbanism Studio II - Investigative Design Strategies for Contested Spaces

This module builds on the Critical Urbanism Studio approach for students who want to gain more experience in investigative urban analysis and development of design strategies. It focuses on phenomenological investigation as a different way of seeing people and place to engage with the multiplicity of contested developing arenas.

Learning evolves around a real-life contemporary urban case study developed in collaboration with a partner in the Global South but worked on remotely in the studio. As students work on the case study, they are encouraged to use this as a platform to reason with the aesthetics of informality and experiment with the design process as act of critique and resistance that puts the communities at the centre of the place.

Tutor: Giorgio Talocci

DEVP0008 Housing as urbanism: housing policy and the search for scale

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

This module reflects on the evolution of ideas and practices in the field of housing policies, in their direct connection with the wider context of development theories and strategies. It explores the changes in the role of different stakeholders, in the understanding of the multiple articulations of housing and urbanism and in the meaning and tools of scaling-up in housing provision. It pays particular attention to the convergence of debates on informality and housing as central to a major paradigmatic shift at conceptual and policy levels which will affect the direction of housing strategies far beyond just questions of informal housing.

Tutor: Jorge Fiori

DEVP0009 Housing policies: practical dimensions and alternative options

This 15 credit module (term 2) focuses on how interventions in housing can build on a complexity of sectoral inputs to produce multiple pro-poor development outcomes. Participants are exposed to a range of approaches to housing and settlement upgrading policy and practice. The roles of the state, market and civil society in housing and settlement upgrading are examined in different national contexts. The importance of land, finance, infrastructure, organisational capacity and governance are emphasised as well as the longer-term sustainability of different approaches.

Participants have an opportunity to work in small groups to track and analyse the historical development and implementation of housing policy within a specific country. They are also expected to develop a personal case study that demonstrates how the interaction between personal and political contexts results in differing housing outcomes. 

Tutor: Ruth McLeod

DEVP0005 Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities

This module provides a detailed examination and structured understanding of Disaster Studies and Disaster Risk Reduction, with specific reference to urban areas. It engages with extreme condition of disasters and their social, physical and political implications on urban areas, the built environment and planning disciplines. Drawing from current research on the urban turn in Disaster Studies and the entanglements between Disaster Risk Reduction, Development processes and Urban Poverty, the module offers an introduction to the debate on urban resilience and its policy implications. 

Tutor: Dr Cassidy Johnson

DEVP0001 Post Disaster Recovery: Policies, Practices and Alternatives

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

This Module provides a detailed and critical examination of post-disaster recovery practices and policies, with a particular focus on its institutional arrangements and socio-spatial implications. Drawing from transnational research experiences and connections with practitioners, humanitarian workers and development managers, the module reflects on the different challenges posed when working in a post disaster environment and implementing plans, projects and interventions. 

Tutor: Prof Camillo Boano

DEVP0015 Critical Ideas of Development: Conceptions and Realities

Development defines a space of debate and controversy among different theoretical, ideological and political perspectives. The module encourages critical engagement with the theories and ideas underpinning development interventions and the relationship between theory and realities. It begins with a critical review of the historical evolution of development debates, looking at different theories of development and their strategic implications for key sectors of national development. This part of the module pays particular attention to the post-war context in which development debates arose and to what is normally referred to as development studies and sociology of development: from modernisation theory and strategies to theories of globalisation and structural adjustment policies. In term two, the module moves to position mainstream views against alternatives to hegemonic development by placing a historical review of evolving conceptions against alternative readings from feminist, postcolonial and post-development perspectives. In this part of the module, pressing contemporary issues of urbanisation and industrialisation and their relationship to ideas of development are examined.

Tutor: Dr Kamna Patel

DEVP0016 Contemporary Approaches to Development Management 

The module starts by conceptualising development management and types of development intervention. Students are then guided through a typical development intervention planning cycle (design, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment) and are asked to analyse elements of the cycle based on the ontological assumptions present therein. The module concludes with critical reflections on development management. Wherever possible, students are encouraged to bring to the classroom their own professional experiences of development management.

DEVP0010 Development in Practice

Development in Practice is a three-term composite module. This module is designed to expose students to the tools and instruments of planned intervention in a range of development fields. It also aims to develop participants’ analytical and evaluative capacity, whilst strengthening their professional and team-working skills. It consists of a London-based team exercise, two workshops in the first term, an overseas practice engagement in the third term, and a series of skills development seminars.

More info on the practice module here:

DEVP0012 Society and Market: Private Agency for Development

Society and Market: Private Agency for Development explores  the theoretical base and implications for development planning and practice of market- and civil society-led approaches to development. It focuses on conceptions of ‘bottom-of-the-pyramid’, livelihoods and ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approaches that permeate contemporary development policy and practice. Students are assessed with a written assignment.

15 credits - Term 1

Tutor: Prof Michael Walls

DEVP0020 The Political Ecology of Environmental Change

This module starts by providing a comprehensive review and critical analysis of the contemporary debate on development and environmental sustainability. The second term of the module evaluates how various theoretical lenses related to political ecology can illuminate environmental challenges. It asks which of these lenses might help us to best address questions of sustainability

Tutor: Dr Robert Biel & Dr Liza Griffin

DEVP0021 Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development 

Urban planners and development practitioners are faced with the challenges of rapid urban change, resource scarcity, environmental health and climate change. Large sections of the urban population suffer health burdens as a result of environmental hazards, especially in urban areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Much of this is linked to living and working in settlements which are regarded as illegal and often lack basic infrastructure and services. Another serious problem, especially for larger and more prosperous cities, is the extent to which urban-based production and consumption transfer environmental costs to local ecosystems and global cycles, including greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming. How can human development goals such as access to safe water and sanitation be combined with a concern for ecological sustainability in a rapidly urbanizing world? This module is concerned with understanding current environmental problems and how to act upon them. Overall, it stresses the importance of opening up the decision-making process to broad participation of all ‘stakeholders’ including organizations and federations of ‘slum’/shack dwellers and suggests a variety of means to do so.

Tutors: Dr David Satterthwaite, Dr Donald Brown & Dr Pascale Hofmann

DEVP0022 Environment and Sustainable Development in Practice 

Environment and Sustainable Development in Practice creates an opportunity for students to be exposed to a set of exciting real-life planned interventions in the field of urban and regional environmental planning and management (EPM).

More information of the practice module here:

DEVP0023 Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South

Climate change is one of the key challenges facing societies around the world. With half of the world’s population now living in urban areas, towns and cities will be severely affected by the impacts of climate change. Understanding the ways in which these impacts affect urban areas, and in particular the ways in which these are translated into risks for specific locations and specific groups of people, is therefore highly relevant for development researchers and practitioners.

Tutors: Dr David Dodman & Dr David Satterthwaite 

DEVP0024 Sustainable Infrastructure and Services in Development 

Sustainable Infrastructure and Services in Development examines the different ways in which urbanisation is unfolding across the global South, with specific attention to the creation of infrastructures and the delivery of essential services. It explores the underlying causes of urban fragmentation, social exclusion and unsustainability. 

DEVP0025 Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Politics

Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Politics focuses on the challenges of and opportunities for the adequate provision of urban water supply and sanitation. It examines innovative 'policy-driven' and 'needs-driven' approaches to the provision of the services, for and with the urban and peri-urban poor. 

DEVP0026 Food and the City

Urban populations currently depend, for their food security, on a system of agriculture and trade which is unsustainable and broken. The module shows how this dangerous situation came about, and more importantly, how to rectify it. The solution has two closely-interlinked aspects: technical and socio-political. Agroecology means farming ‘with and like’ nature, building a plot with self-organising natural balances; food sovereignty means community autonomy, short supply-chains and co-operative control over seeds and knowledge. The module shows how the city can implement these principles both within itself, and in its relations to the surrounding countryside. Internally, the city should evolve an urban metabolism (using compostable waste, heat, grey water) in order to grow some of its own food, as well as various food-related social networks acting to eliminate waste; externally, it can – through ‘community-supported agriculture’ and other means – work to revitalise small farms and free them from the tyranny of globalised value chains. The module equips participants with key concepts required to understand agroecology and food sovereignty; at the same time, our approach is quite practical and hands-on, addressing many concrete cases via synchronous and asynchronous activities, as well as practical engagements.

Tutor: Dr Robert Biel

DEVP0027 Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture: Knowledge Systems in the Global South

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture: Knowledge Systems in the Global South provides a critical examination of the historical evolution and the negative impact of industrial agriculture and its consequences for small holder urban and peri-urban food production and knowledge systems in the Global South.

DEVP0033 Social Policy and Citizenship

Social Policy and Citizenship looks at socially sensitive development, which has its roots in social sector and social welfare models that were developed during the last century.

However, the evolution of social development policies since the Second World War has seen a change in emphasis from narrower conceptions of social sector development, to a broader, socially sensitive development approach, which attempts to place social transformation at the centre of development interventions across all sectors.

Across the historical evolution of social policy, we see differences in terms of the scope and remit of ‘social’ policy vis-à-vis economic policy; the coverage in terms of women and men reached; the objectives, whether instrumental, concerned with human wellbeing, or focused on social rights; and the ways in which the policy process attempts to involve grassroots women and men, and their representatives, in the identification of policy goals.

In the first term of this module, we introduce a framework to analyse the social content of development policy, and use this framework to evaluate the social, or socially sensitive, development policy models that have predominated in the different periods since the establishment of the United Nations and the Bretton Woods organisations in 1945.

In Term 2, we go on to explore how these policy arrangements are embedded in, and contribute to, wider citizenship arrangements. In particular we examine the roles of different actors from the public sector, the private sector and civil society and how their interactions can contribute to more active and inclusive models of citizenship in the context of an increasingly globalised society.

DEVP0034 Social Diversity, Inequality and Poverty

Social Diversity, Inequality and Poverty explores social development beyond the confines of the ‘social sector,’ seeing it as an approach that attempts to put 'people' and social equity at the centre of development initiatives across all sectors. Yet ‘people’ comprise heterogeneous groups and individuals with multiple, intersecting and changing identities.

This implies conflicting interests and aspirations, as well as inequalities of power. As a result, putting people at the centre of development is highly problematic, and social development faces several challenges in achieving equitable and socially just development.

This module provides the conceptual tools to critically assess current development programmes from a social perspective. In Part One, we explore the theoretical debates that link diverse social identities and power relations, and the competing models of equity and justice that attempt to reconcile them.

We then examine the implications of these debates for Social Development as a ‘people-centred’ approach by considering how issues of diversity and power affect development interventions. With a focus on the urban context, we consider development practice and debates around concepts such as ‘participation’, ‘community’, ‘social capital’, and ‘local knowledge’ from a social diversity perspective.

Part Two of the module deals with different understandings, definitions and ways of measuring poverty – a key policy concern of the current development agenda. We explore the relationship between inequality and poverty as interrelated but distinctive concerns, and use conceptual tools relating to diversity and power to critically assess specific anti-poverty responses and approaches to local as well as global inequalities.

DEVP0035 Social Development in Practice

Social Development in Practice is a practice-based module at the heart of the MSc programme. In this module we are concerned with exploring through practice the ways in which a socially sensitive approach can be integrated into development interventions in northern and southern countries.

Drawing on the material studied in the other core modules, we recognise that such an approach must be based on the key ethical values of respecting and valuing diversity and of ensuring social inclusion in development interventions.

The group practice engagement components of the MSc course – based on case studies and role playing in the first term, and an engagement with an overseas partner during the third – are central to this module, which involves the following four major components:

A series of themed workshops to introduce key issues of development and governance that underpin the wider operational context of social development; A short off-campus immersion programme based around a problem-solving exercise intended to develop analytical, presentation, argumentation and negotiation skills and the ability to work in a team; A series of practical social development skills workshops intended to lay the foundation for and enhance professional practice, including the formulation of code of ethics; A series of preparatory practice engagement sessions addressing team building, the action research process, desktop research on the specific research context and a two-week practice engagement assignment.

You can view more info on the practice engagement here:

DEVP0036 NGOs and Social Transformation 

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

NGOs and Social Transformation focuses on the practice and politics of development NGOs. It explores how different NGOs address issues of identity and diversity and the extent to which they are able to represent and be accountable to their constituency.

The module also provides participants with an understanding of how NGOs conceptualise well-being, and reviews their ways of dealing with the complex identities and the diversity of beneficiaries. We draw on concrete examples in order to analyse the implications of funding models, organisational structures, cultures and approaches on specific development interventions.

The module engages with an emerging body of literature in critical development studies and anthropology of development, covering different theoretical approaches to NGOs, and analytical models of social change. Using NGOs as an entry point, the module explores issues of collective action and social transformation in development, and analyses the role of NGOs within the political economy of development. We explore

the ways in which different NGOs and other development actors respond to a diversity of beneficiaries; how these actors build their concepts and theories of change and how they translate them into planned interventions; the role of partnerships between ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ NGOs, and the role of national, regional and global coalitions and networks; NGOs’ relationships with grassroots organisations and governments, exploring the differences between NGOs and social movements and their complex relationship, and; NGOs’ different operational roles in various contexts, including ‘failed’ states, humanitarian emergencies and new democracies.

DEVP0037 Communication, Technologies and Social Power

Due to the increased intensity of teaching online, this module will not run as usual in 20/21. Instead, it will be integrated into the core modules.

Communication, Technologies and Social Power aims to engage critically with a series of communication practices (such as participatory photography and video, theatre for development, and social media) that are used to support groups in processes of recognition and mobilization in the context of urban contestations.

While there has been an increasing recognition of the need to open up spaces of direct participation for urban citizens to influence decision-making processes in recent years, there has also been increasing skepticism towards the potential of such spaces to bring about substantive change addressing the causes of urban injustices.

Responding to these tensions, thinking and practice in the field of communication studies has reflected on the potential of different mediums of social mobilization and networking to avoid co-optation and open up more transformative spaces of participation.

This module aims to engage critically with the relationship between communication and social change, exploring specific sets of practices and their potential in supporting groups in processes of recognition and mobilization in contexts of urban contestation.

Students are encouraged to explore and define the meaning of ‘emancipatory communication practices’, by drawing on case studies and literature from the field of development communication as well as communication activism.

DEVP0028 The City and Its Relations: Context, Institutions and Actors in Urban Development Planning

The module will explore the economic, social and spatial change of cities in the wider context of development and globalisation. To better understand the challenges facing urban development, the roles, relations, and actions of actors in civil society and the public and private sectors will be examined in theory and practice. The institutional and organisational frameworks in which they operate will be examined, while investigating access to and control over financial, informational, human and physical resources in the context of contemporary urban development planning practice. Objective The objective of the module is to increase knowledge and understanding of the economic, social and spatial processes of urban development in global processes, and their implications for urban development policy and planning, at the same time as examining the theoretical and practical aspects of change in institutional and organisational relations for a more socially just urban development and of the circumstances and actions that might lead to it.

The module will be delivered across two academic terms, whereby: The first term (led by Jorge Fiori and supported by Camila Cociña) attempts to explore from a theoretical and historical perspective the processes of urban transformation in the context of internationalisation of the world economy. It explores the articulation of social and spatial changes in cities and the logic of globalisation of the last few decades, paying particular attention to the reflection of that in terms of changing systems of urban governance. This module uses the growing informalisation of cities and of the world economy as an entry point to reflect on the changing nature of cities and the challenges for urban policy and planning.

In the second term (led by Colin Marx), the module will use urban land as an entry point from which to examine urban socio-spatial relations and dynamics in cities within the context of formulating progressive interventions. In addressing different aspects of urban land, the module will draw on different contemporary theories to sharpen the debates and highlight taken-for-granted assumptions that characterise the discourses and practices of planning for urban poor people in cities in developing countries. The aim is to reframe debates in which to situate activism and advocacy to increase poor and marginalised groups of peoples’ land security.

DEVP0029 Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management: Strategic Action in Theory and Practice

The module will explore strategic action in urban development policy, planning and management which recognizes social and spatial justice in cities. It will review the evolution of approaches to urban development interventions and unpack key theoretical and methodological challenges facing contemporary urban development practice in different parts of the world. To this end, it will assess a range of cases of urban development practice, drawing out their contribution to the current debates on strategic action towards socio-spatial justice in urban development policy, planning and management. Finally, it will explore the implications of these debates for problem diagnosis, participation, organizational development and ‘public learning’ in strategic urban action.

The first term is dedicated to the examination of the theory and practice of urban development planning, how it relates to urbanisation and other key development processes, as well as to wider debates in development policy, planning and management. Its objective is essentially to provide participants with a conceptual and analytical framework for understanding urban planning, and its links to policy and management, in the light of social and spatial justice. There are two distinct parts to the term: Part I reviews evolving urban planning approaches, whilst Part II explores the practice of urban development planning and the challenges this poses for planning theory and for urban policy, planning and management in the 21st century.

In the second term, the module will examine critical issues in strategic action, including the definition of social agency and the exercise of power, and its meaning in the context of social justice. It will assess the contribution of strategic planning; and will explore methods of diagnosis and research, advocacy and negotiation, organisational development, and monitoring and evaluation - as part of a broader methodology to formulate and implement strategic actions in urban development which enhance social and spatial justice in cities of the South.

DEVP0030 Practice in Urban Development Planning

This module provides students with real-life platforms to explore a number of the contemporary challenges of urban development planning and governance in practice. Using a variety of co-learning formats, the module aims to sharpen key links between theory and practice and equip learners with the knowledge, techniques and skills required to become critical urban practitioners. 

Running over three terms, the module invites learners to: 

1.    Analyse and reflect on the challenges of a socio-environmentally and spatially just urban development planning practice in the context of specific cases; 
2.    Confront the theory and ethics of urban development planning through practice;
3.    Explore selected techniques and skills for diagnosis and strategy development in urban development planning practice.

You can view more details on the practice engagement here:

DEVP0050 Gender in Policy and Planning

The 9 session module examines gender relations in the socio-economic, political and environmental processes in the development of human settlements. In doing so, firstly the module examines the intersection of gender with other social relations, examining diversity and difference in human settlements. In assessing the challenge this poses for urban development planning, secondly the module explores the institutionalisation of gender equality in policy, planning and management of human settlements aimed at a more socially just development of human settlements. Gender relations in a range of development issues and sectors will be assessed and the conditions for gender mainstreaming in these topics will be discussed.

Tutors: Prof Caren Levy, Julian Walker & Dr Jordana Ramalho

DEVP0032 Transport Equity and Urban Mobility 

This module focuses on the relationships between social identity, transport and planning in the context of urban development in the Global South. Reflecting on the intersecting social relations of class, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, age and physical/mental ability in processes of urban development, it examines how spatial and social mobilities are deeply intertwined in the reproduction of both spatial and social inequalities in cities. It critiques and explores the implications for transport planning and its interaction with other kinds of planning, and the relationships between the state, civil society and private sector in the provision of transport for more socially just cities.

Part 1 of the module, entitled Positions between Theory and Practice (Units 1-4), will examine the different theoretical and conceptual understandings of transport equity and urban mobility, demonstrated where relevant in a selection of urban practices. Sessions will address: transport, development and the reproduction of inequality in cities; mapping approaches to inequality in urban transport planning; environmental justice and transport systems; the fallacy of travel choice.

Part 2 of the module, entitled Critical Perspectives on Urban Transport Planning and Collective Action (Units 5-9), will examine different methods and instruments used by transport planning, critically examining their implications for transport equity. Sessions will examine the following topics: reviewing the methodology repertoire of transport planning; transit oriented development (TOD) and socio-environmentally just cities; how smart are smart cities? the formal-informal continuum of urban transport provision and use; transport planning, insurgent practice and political participation.

Tutors: Prof Caren Levy & Dr Daniel Oviedo Hernandez

DEVP0018 Managing the City Economy

This module comprises of a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, designed to train the participants in the application of economic criteria to the analysis and management of the city economy in both developing and developed countries.

Part One (Term 1) Introduction to cities and ethics of development. The central business district and international financial centres. Urban Industry, industrialisation and deindustrialization. Making manufacturing work. Services and services exports. Promoting services and services exports. Transport and logistics. The real estate sector. Property-led public initiatives in urban regeneration.

Part 2 (Term 2)) I Implementing sustainable development. Managing infrastructure and municipal finance. Poverty reduction. Urban governance and poverty amelioration. Analysing the metropolitan economy and its structural changes. Formulating and evaluating city development strategies. Case studies of the City Economy. Review and tips for Coursework 2.

DEVP0019 Practice in Urban Economic Development 

Practice in Urban Economic Development exposes students to contrasting practices of urban economic development to enable them to gain a better understanding of the process of managing local economic development in an urban context. 

More info on the practice module here:

DEVP0038 Urbanisation and Development

Through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops, this module offers an introduction to the key economic concepts, theories and tools applied to problem diagnosis and policy making in urbanisation and development. The module’s theoretical framework integrates Classical Economic Theory, the New Economic Geography and Critical Urban Theory to offer a critical understanding of the impact of global development on patterns of urbanisation. It also provides an overview of the main actors and processes that affect urban economic development, particularly from the perspective of local governments, social movements, and civic society organisations worldwide.

Tutor: Alessio Koliulis

DEVP0039 Cost Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice

Cost Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice covers the economic assessment of projects and policies using cost-benefit analysis techniques, furthermore the evaluation of trends and developments and other issues relevant to urban economic policies will be explored.

DEVP0040 An Introduction to Public Economics and Public Policy

This module offers an introduction to economic approaches to analysing public policy challenges, with particular focus on national and subnational governments in developing and emerging economies.

DEVP0042 & DEVP0047 Health Social Justice & The City (Part 1 & II)

The module introduces key approaches, theories and ideas for the study of urban health with an emphasis on the Global South emerging scholarship. The module will focus on the links between planning and health equity as well as on social justice and health disparities.

The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools to critically understand the interrelationships between formal and informal urban processes in the Global South, planning and their effects on health justice. The module will discuss the health effects of urban processes at the level of urban and peri-urban communities and individuals. This module aims to produce an integrative, interdisciplinary and critical perspective of the interrelationships between urban processes and health disparities in general, and in the Global South in particular, examining both clinical and spatial dimensions of health such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, chronic diseases, social injustice and violence in cities.

**Please note that DEVP0042 can be taken in isolation, however, in order to take DEVP0047, you must have completed DEVP0042 as a pre-requisite

Tutor: Prof Haim Yacobi

DEVP0045 & DEVP0046 Urban Health & Development Strategies (Part I &II)

Cities are now the prevailing mode of living, with more than half of the global population residing in urban areas. Reconciling the increasing share of the population in urban living environments with the global goal of healthy cities poses the foremost challenge to public health in the twenty-first century. This module responds to this challenge by exploring three critical points of departure. First, the vast majority of the world’s future urban growth is expected to occur in low- and middle-income countries, particularly those of Asia and Africa. Second, promoting the health of urbanizing populations necessitates a trans-disciplinary approach involving the built environment, health and other disciplines concerned with population and health dynamics. And last, supporting an urban health agenda will require new analytical and methodological frameworks tailored to the dynamics of urban change primarily, though not exclusively, in the global South.

**Please note that DEVP0045 can be taken in isolation, however, in order to take DEVP0046, you must have completed DEVP0045 as a pre-requisite.

Tutor: Dr Donald Brown

DEVP0044 Urban Health: Reflections on Practice

The practice module focuses on the ways in which planning interventions are gradually acknowledged as important determinants of population health. Interventions in land use, housing, infrastructure, transportation, and public participation are central for our understanding of the ways in which health is shaped by urbanisation processes. This module integrates the students’ work into practice, identifying the leading urban health problems, including their causes and methods for prevention, analysing the advantages and limitations of the various types of population-based approaches to
improve public health. A workshop focussing on research skills for conducting primary research on urban and public health drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods. Based on core modules 1 and 2, this practice module will engage students in projects in a city. The module will translate the knowledge and methodologies into “real case” practice in collaboration with partner organisations and initiatives.

DEVP0051 Economic Policy Evaluation Tools

The objective of this module is to introduce and critically assess methods and tools used by urban economic development policy makers and practitioners to evaluate policy choices, both before and after projects and policies have been approved.  

To this end, the course covers a range of common tools that draw on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will build skills to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different methods, as well as to engage critically with ideas that shape the use of these tools in development literature and practice.  Students will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate the quality of evaluations conducted and suggest improvements to the evaluation design, through the use of case studies.  As such, the course includes sessions that introduce principles of quantitative data analysis – basic statistics, fundamentals of survey design, and regression analysis – needed to evaluate the quality of real-world impact evaluation case studies.  

The course will serve as a building block for students to: pursue practical experience using evaluation techniques in the London Project; critically engage with a wider range of quantitative literature and understand validity criteria for use of quantitative data in their MSc theses; and draw constructively on evidence of policy evaluation as practitioners in their future careers.