Master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities

PROGRAMME Objective: Training to manage urban ecological transitions

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The acute challenges of climate change, “natural” disasters, pollution, access to water and energy, and the maintenance of biodiversity are driving many European cities to rethink the design and implementation of public policies and corporate strategies.

The Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities Master’s programme prepares students to manage current and future transitions through advanced training in both urban environmental challenges and urban governance.

To this end, students learn to:

  • understand cities as socio-ecological systems: metabolisms, non-human actors, natural systems and their multiple interactions with urban policies
  • identify the historical legacies of cities’ environmental issues as well as current developments, with a particular focus on the specificities of European cities
  • analyse the environmental and climate policies of European cities at different  scales, and manage sustainable resource use and climate action
  • interact with the wide range of public and private actors involved in urban environmental policy, and with the various forms of environmental assessment and expertise
  • manage a project; implement a collective initiative, public policy, or corporate strategy
  • identify and promote innovation and upscaling in the field of ecological transition.


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As with all our master’s programmes, the teaching is based on several key elements:

  • Core academic courses grounded in the social sciences (public policy, planning, urban sociology, urban economy, urban law, etc.), linked to the physical and life sciences through a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to shed light on the debates and controversies inherent in ecological transitions.
  • Advanced methodological training: statistics, mapping, analysis of material and energy flows, environmental footprint/carbon footprint, etc.
  • Field trips and the study trip to a European city.
  • Professional experience: a “group project” working on a request from a public or private organisation, workshops run by experienced professionals, and an internship.

Students may also choose to register concurrently for the Research track.

Find out more about Master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities programme structure.


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The Master in Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities offers strong career prospects in a growing sector of the European labour market, at the crossroads of urban planning & governance and ecological transitions.

Our graduates go on to work in the private, public or non-profit sectors in integration, strategy, development, design or management roles.

Recruiters include:

  • local authorities, in particular the environmental agencies of urban and regional councils
  • design, engineering and consulting firms specialising in environmental and climate issues, including lobbying and assessment
  • European institutions
  • large service firms
  • non-profit organisations
  • research centres
  • city networks

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