The complex, multi-dimensional demands of our rapidly urbanising world require holistic, inter-disciplinary thinking and practice. However traditional professional paradigms and often-siloed institutions seem doomed to replicate the entrenched patterns and practices of path-dependent urban infrastructure provision and management.
To overcome the often-fragmented ways in which urban questions are framed, institutionalised, and engaged by varied levels of government, citizens, civil society organisations, and private sector actors, we need a new kind of urban practitioner, who can work across practices, professional norms, hierarchies, sectors and urban problems.
The Masters in Sustainable Urban Practice (MSUP) cultivates urban integrators who are able to discern opportunities for integration, and can build the necessary coalitions for change; who are confident in varied cultures of communication and can build bridges between sectors, fields, and scales of urban practice.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
This program is aimed at mid-career urban professionals in either government, civil society, or in the private sector, who have realised the limits of their practice. The program provides students with specialist knowledge of urban theoretical frameworks, and schools them in the critical and analytical tools to assess these from a global South perspective.
Students will be equipped to bridge theory and practice by appropriately applying theory to real life cases and complex problems in individual research projects.
This is a professional masters designed to allow students to continue working. Courses are presented in block weeks and scheduled across the year. The program explicitly offers a space for students to bring their own work and experience into the learning process.
On completing this degree graduates will be able to return to practice confident in imagining and enacting integrated and innovative forms of urban practice in various spheres.