Urban Governance

Career opportunities for Master Urban Governance

After completing this master track you are able to analyse urban governance issues and processes. You know how to design interactive governance strategies to tackle urban issues and to act as a broker and advisor in urban development projects. You are educated to organise and manage the necessary processes to tackle these problems and develop solutions.

Possible positions

Graduates will be suitable candidates for positions as a:

  • member of a project team that works on large urban development projects (such as city center restructuring, the extension of a city’s port area or the regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods);
  • government official working on urban strategies (e.g.  dealing with climate change, citizen initiatives, sustainable energy, social innovation) and urban planning at the local, regional or national level;
  • government or private party official working in public-private partnerships on increasing urban sustainability;
  • advisor working for a non-profit organisation, such as a housing corporation, a health care organisation or a big social enterprise working on neighbourhood development;
  • policy advisor, researcher or consultant working for a knowledge institute or consultancy firm dealing with urban development issues, advising on or designing co-production processes between users and providers of urban services.


Labour market prospects

Based on a survey among 167 alumni, almost all graduates who have obtained a degree of one of the Dutch master specialisations in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam found a position immediately after their graduation. About 11 percent of them gained a permanent position as soon as they commenced their job, whereas 34 percent of them found a position which had the prospect of a permanent position. Four out of ten students started with a temporary position and 17 percent as trainees. Approximately 50 percent of the alumni who participated in this survey work for the central government or for municipalities. An additional 13 percent work in education and health care, i.e. sectors in the public domain. Two out of ten alumni work in the private sector. The figures for the master programme Urban Governance are expected to be more or less similar to these figures.