Global Cities

Open Enrolment Program

Rapid urbanization in both the developed and less developed world, combined with recent trends towards globalization and fiscal decentralization, has put enormous pressure on large, worldly cities and city-regions. As urban populations grow, large cities struggle to provide basic services (e.g. water, sanitation, public safety, transit) and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth (e.g. pollution and congestion). The global cities program proposes a political, social, and economic framework to analyze the problems, challenges and opportunities of urbanization.

During the program you will also explore the best practices in urban studies on both developed and developing countries alike exploring the similarities that bring together distant experiences. Distinctively from other courses, it focuses on Latin America, and delves not only on policies and mechanisms to promote social and economic development, but also explores financial mechanisms to fund such policies.

The course objectives are to:

  • understand and criticize current problem´s solutions in large cities,
  • evaluate urban realities in different contexts, both domestically and internationally,
  • apply basic principles for analysis of large cities and metropolitan regions in countries with diverse political, institutional, and cultural contexts, and
  • expose students to the best practices of urban governance and policy financing.
  • Graduate students of different universities and countries.
  • Public Sector employees who work with urbanization.
  • Private sector entrepreneurs who want to understand how to work in, and for, the urban context.

Classes will be conducted in English. We strongly recommend a good level of both reading and understanding.


Course Information and Tuition

Subject to change without prior notice, depending on the number of participants.