Urban Governance, Policy, Planning and Public Private Partnerships

Course introduction

The cities are quickly growing, and are extremely dynamic. (Local) governments must try to steer and guide the development process in many ways. Their motivation for doing this and the way they do this lie at the heart of the fields of study of urban governance, policy and planning. This course will discuss the efforts of governments, often undertaken in partnership with other stakeholders, to deliberately intervene in and influence, steer and guide the development process of cities. The role and responsibility of both public and private actors are central in the academic debate of urban governance, policy and planning.

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to help students understand the complexity of public and private partnerships in urban governance:

  • Differentiate the theories that underpin good governance and the relevance of complex decision making for local urban governance.
  • Distinguish and discuss the key characteristics, purposes and perspectives of urban policy.
  • Understand the key characteristics of good policy and policy analysis, and the complex nature of protecting public interest. 
  • Understand the traditional land use planning towards strategic and performance based planning and the shift between them.  
  • Understand the theory, importance and use of public private partnerships (PPP) especially to institutionalize private sector participation in urban development.

Course content

The course in organized in four modules:  

1. Urban policy and public interest

2. Introduction to urban governance

3. The Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

4. Different forms of planning that perform to the achievement of city objectives

Course information

ProgrammeUrban Governance, Policy, Planning and Public Private Partnerships
PeriodBlock 1
Coordinator(s)Carley Pennink; Els Keunen
LecturersCarley Pennink, Els Keunen, Saskia Ruijsink, Forbes Davidson, Joop Koppenjan
MethodologyLectures; Peer-review discussions groups; Various assignments; Group work
AssessmentIndividual assignment 60%; group work 40%