Study Trips

The Master of Regional and Urban Strategy programme includes two field study trips. These visits are a real highlight of the course for students. The reports they are required to write at the end of the trip provide a rich source of knowledge and case studies for the whole of the Urban School.

Year 1: a study trip in France

This first study trip immediately puts students in contact with an urban area and region of France.

The objective: to identify and analyse the economic, social, environmental, and cultural issues of the area, meet local stakeholders and study their interactions. This introduction to the professional urban and regional context also awakens students to its diversity.

Students studied Nancy-Metz-Lorraine (PDF in French, 4 Mo) in 2014, Marseille (PDF in French, 4.7 Mo) in 2013, Strasbourg in 2012, Rennes and Brittany (PDF in French, 7.5 Mo) in 2011, Bordeaux in 2010, Lyon in 2009, etc. In 2015, the field study will take students to Dunkerque and Boulogne-sur-mer.

Year 2: a study trip to a European city

Through field visits and conferences, the trip enables students to identify the stakeholders and issues that are specific to the region in question, while exploring the convergent dynamics of big European cities.

The aim is to put the analytical tools acquired in the course to work in understanding the issues of an urban area from a comparative European perspective.

Second year Master's students studied Copenhagen (PDF in French, 6 Mo) in 2014, Vienna and Bratislava in 2013, London and Manchester (PDF in French, 6 Mo) in 2012, the cities of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague) in 2011 and Barcelona (PDF in French, 5.7 Ko) in 2010.