Smart Sustainable Cities

Dates: MON 10–FRI 21.8.2020
Organizer: Turku University of Applied Science
Price: 750 € (inc. Social Programme)
Credits: 5 ECTS
Class size: min. 10, max. TBC

Application period will open in January 2020

What makes for a smart and sustainable city? Is a smart city is automatically sustainable? What is the citizen’s role in the quest for sustainability?

Join the Smart Sustainable Cities course to find out!

The main topic of the course is smart and sustainable cities. In the face of the ever-increasing threat of climate change, the concept of smart sustainable cities has risen to the forefront in the recent years. The concept is also rapidly gaining momentum and worldwide attention as a response to the challenges of unprecedented urban growth. The course is designed to give the student a thorough overview of the key concepts smart cities and sustainability themes ranging from urban planning, energy flows, urban transport and mobility to circular economy and ecosystem services as drivers for sustainability. In addition, the course will dig into the current trends driving city development and ICT as a potential element of sustainable growth.  During the course, the students will also gain an understanding of the main participatory processes that bring the citizens to the forefront of smart city development.

The course consists of seminars and lectures, working in multidisciplinary groups, field visits and project work, as well as a pre-assignment.


After having successfully participated in the course, the student will be able to:

  • Define the concept of Smart Sustainable Cities and the key elements and fields interlinked in Smart Sustainable Cities
  • Understand the general current economic, social and environmental trends connected with sustainable growth of cities
  • Identify stakeholders in sustainable urban development processes
  • Identify techniques to involve people in sustainable urban development initiatives
  • Know relevant energy and material flows in city environments
  • Understand how the stocks and flows of relevant systems in city environments interact

More information coming up!