MSU co-hosts Executive Master’s Course on Innovative Governance in Large Urban Systems

The MSU Institute of Public Utilities, the MSU Land Policy Institute and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne in Switzerland are hosting a two-week Executive Master’s course on Innovative Governance in Large Urban Systems.

The MSU Institute of Public Utilities, the MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are hosting a two-week Executive Master’s course on Innovative Governance in Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) in Detroit, East Lansing and Chicago, IL, Apr. 13-24, 2015.  Participants of this program include city managers, managers of urban infrastructures (e.g., public transport, energy, water and wastewater, waste management, parks and greens, emergency systems, airports and ports, public works, social housing, etc.), urban planners and other interested people (e.g., consultants).

Several faculty members from Michigan State University, as well as practitioners from Michigan’s large urban areas, will be participating in this program, leading presentations and dialoguing with the students. Those interested in attending any of the below two-hour sessions and joining the discussion, please contact Mary Beth Graebert for details, including class locations, at lakemary@msu.edu or call 517-355-3378. These sessions are free and open to the public.

April 13, 2015 (Detroit)

  • World Bank Solutions for Detroit.

April 14, 2015 (Detroit)

  • Detroit Fiscal Challenges and New Initiatives to Address Them (Community Roundtable); and
  • Greening of Detroit Field Visit.

April 15, 2015 (Detroit)

  • Urban Fiscal Health and Emergency Management (Dr. Eric Scorsone, MSU); and
  • Detroit Bankruptcy Case Study (Dr. Eric Scorsone, MSU).

April 16, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • Challenges of Managing Mega-Projects in Cities (Drs. Eva Kassens-Noor and Mark Wilson, MSU);
  • Municipal Finance Taxes and Transfers (Dr. Mark Skidmore, MSU);
  • Role of Local Businesses in Urban Development (Community Roundtable); and
  • Green Infrastructure Governance (Dr. Andrea Finger, EPFL).

April 17, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • Green Roof Technology (Kristin Getter, MSU);
  • American City Politics; and
  • Vacant Land Disposition in Legacy Cities (Mary Beth Graebert, LPI).

April 18, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • Foundations of Public Policy Design and Implementation (Dr. Chuck Matzke, MSU); and
  • Water Regulation and Pricing (Dr. Jan Beecher, MSU).

April 20, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • Mayor-Council vs. Council-Manager systems: Characteristics, Pros and cons, New Models (Dr. Josh Sapotichne, MSU);
  • Zoning, Vacancy and Asset Management (Mark Wyckoff, LPI);
  • Structural Abandonment: Economic Impacts and Opportunities (Dr. Rex LaMore, MSU); and
  • Urban Sustainability: Food, Energy and Water Convergence.

April 21, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • Planning, Resources and the Built Environment (Dr. Scott Witter, MSU); and
  • Mapping and Impact Assessment for Urban Planning (Dr. Michael Thomas, MSU).

April 22, 2015 (MSU Campus)

  • How Can Social Scientists Help Cities? (Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, MSU);
  • Community Engagement and Development (Wayne Beyea, MSU; Luke Forrest, Michigan Municipal League); and
  • Brownfields Reclamation and Development (Dr. Ric Hula, MSU).

April 23, 2015 (Chicago)

  • Urban Resilience (UN Habitat); and
  • Public Transport.

April 24, 2015 (Chicago)

  • Metropolitan Planning in Chicago.

The IGLUS is a long-term research and education project, which consists of a global network of scholars, cities, international organizations, firms, NGOs and professionals around today’s challenges of governing the world’s cities. The project focuses especially on the governance of the urban infrastructure systems (e.g., transport, energy, telecommunications, water, waste, greens), because good governance of these infrastructure systems is at the core of the broad performance of cities in terms of their quality of life, sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness. The IGLUS brings together practitioners (city managers, city officials, urban services providers, etc.) and academics from many different disciplines (urban planners, architects, geographers, engineers, economists, management experts, and political scientists). For more information, visit Innovative Governance in Large Urban Systems.

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