Sustainable cities and communities

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of people will live in an increasing number of megalopolises of at least 10 million inhabitants. But growing urban populations mean increasingly congested cities with concentrated areas of poverty and traffic congestion. There is also concern that planning and creating green spaces in such cities gets lower priority, especially in older cities and in cities in emerging countries.

Ulrike Hahn, who graduated from the MSc Global Business and Sustainability in 2018, says: “Cities and their organisation have a great impact on the daily life of most people on the planet. They should guarantee everyone fair access to decent housing and the basics of life.”

Dr Tobias Brandt is Assistant Professor in RSM’s Department of Technology and Operations Management. He explains how cities function as complex systems; each issue or change interacts with multiple issues. These can also be seen as the nodes of a greater scheme of globalisation, particularly in Rotterdam.

Maurice Unck is CEO of RET, Rotterdam’s public transport network. Here, he explains the difficulties of transitioning Rotterdam’s complex public transport network to renewable energy and sustainable practices – while keeping it affordable for the public to use.

RSM intends to incorporate these videos, complemented with assignments and teaching cases, as learning modules into its programmes.

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