Urban Environment and Climate Change (UECC) specialization

Are the cities the cause of the climate change problem or are they part of the solution?

Cities worldwide experience severe environmental and climate change related problems. Overcrowding, unequal distribution of space, long travelling times on busy roads, air and noise pollution. Poor urban infrastructure and services negatively affect the attractiveness and productivity of cities as well as the citizens’ health and quality of life.  Sustaining the urban environment has become a key goal and principle for policy action at global and local levels. An important shift has also taken place in the environmental management style: from a hierarchical “law and enforcement” model via the economical incentive approach, to one in which non-governmental stakeholders are increasingly involved in the policy-making processes. 

Addressing new approaches for urban environmental management and climate change, the UECC theme at IHS offers theoretical and practical perspectives of environmental and climate change policies in European and international contexts.

The Urban Environment and Climate Change specialization is part of the IHS Master's programme on Urban Management and Development. 

Student Testimonial

“Joining the UECC specialization with its interactive classes was a truly rewarding experience. It emphasizes the importance of climate change adaptation and mitigation practices as well as sustainable development, environmental theory and environmental management systems.” – Emina Ahmetovic, Bosnia and Herzegowina, master’s student, 2013-2014