About IHS

Founded in 1958, IHS is the international institute for housing and urban development of Erasmus University Rotterdam founded. For more than 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities. We offer Master’s, PhD and short course programmes on diverse urban topics including socio-spatial dynamics in planning, climate resilience, local economic innovation, housing from a human rights and gender perspective, sustainability and green cities (infrastructure, energy and water), land law and finance, and regenerative natural resource management.

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Teaching and learning methods

Our teaching and learning methods are anchored in the unique IHS approach of cross-fertilization of education, advisory and research. The IHS approach is designed to equip students to form multidimensional solutions to reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities. Our academic staff is involved in international teaching and training missions at all times, continuously working towards the development of innovative urban solutions. We take pride in our interdisciplinary approach to education, through which we ensure real-life urban issues and solutions are addressed back in our curriculum.

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Facilitators

IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI. IHS also partners with leading Dutch universities in the Netherlands and around the world to deliver a comprehensive understanding of urban development. Amsterdam, Groningen and TU- Delft are some of the universities delivering guest lectures on city branding, urban economics, logistics, transport, heritage preservation are just a small selection of the additional academic resources IHS offers our students every year.

Students

The IHS classroom is comprised of mid-level professionals with rich and varied experiences from more than 45 countries. Typical backgrounds include architecture, engineering, planning, economics, social science, environmental science and housing.

IHS graduates have contributed tremendously to fulfilling our mission to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities around the world. They go on to take diverse positions in private, governmental and academic sectors. Here are a few examples of positions taken up by our graduates:

●Project manager circular economy at Philips

●Urban governance and policy specialist at UN-Habitat

●Architectural consultant at Asian Development Bank

●Spatial planning advisor at GIZ

●Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development

●Director at Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change

●Full Professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

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City & Campus

IHS is located on the Erasmus University campus, Woudestein, in the iconic city of Rotterdam. Daring architecture style, pioneering urban planning, and a celebrated multicultural population have thrust Rotterdam to the forefront of innovation and cultivation within the urban world. IHS is proud of its Rotterdam history, helping to rebuild and reinvent the city after the devastation caused by the Second World War. Set against an impressive skyline, Rotterdam is filled with excellent local and international transport links, making it the perfect base to explore everything the Netherlands and the rest of Europe has to offer. There are well-connected transport systems and safe bicycle paths, which makes travelling around the city very enjoyable. It is a city steeped in diversity with 175 different nationalities making up the 600,000 inhabitants of Rotterdam. Plus, learning English is compulsory in the Dutch education system, which means that virtually the entire country is capable of speaking English! “Make it happen” is a vision that supports the growth of this fantastic city, illustrated by the fusion between the port, the city of Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Admissions

Starting 1 October of each year, you can start applying to our Master programmes. To find out more about the admission requirements, please visit our website here.

Programs taught in

English

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Executive courses

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As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing ... [+]

Master’s in Urban Governance

As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), this programme is a specialisation within the MSc in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

What will I learn?

Cities are complex, challenging and fast-growing. They are major economic and development drivers that generate vast amounts of wealth and are home to more than half of the world’s population (estimated to be closer to 70% by 2050). They are at the heart of cultural, social and political innovation and play a key role in discovering answers to social issues such as migration, social segregation, poverty, climate change, health, unemployment and terrorism. Sustainable governance policies are recognized as essential components of guaranteeing the well-being of all people. Students will learn a variety of skills including the following:... [-]

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MSc

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This specialisation track focuses on how local governments can manage, finance and provide infrastructure to deliver quality services while improving the cities’ green pe ... [+]

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This specialisation track focuses on how local governments can manage, finance and provide infrastructure to deliver quality services while improving the cities’ green performance. Key topics include the switch to a circular economy, renewable energy, green transport and infrastructure (include drainage) and sanitation, and the provision of drinking water.

The Infrastructure and Green Cities programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers the opportunity to access a unique framework that helps cities become greener, more sustainable and competitive. Developed by IHS, this Green City concept views cities as broadly composed of three elements: the built, natural and anthropogenic environments. This trajectory focuses on the built environment with an emphasis on drinking water and sanitation, energy and transport sectors. In addition, students are also provided with the financial instruments needed to build efficient and cost-effective infrastructure networks for good service delivery. Besides getting a good grip of theory, students also apply it in practical exercises such as the Cheongyecheon Restoration Project, the development of a business plan, and planning a green and sustainable city in a simulated environment.... [-]

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Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how plann ... [+]

Study programme

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how various stakeholders can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development.

The Strategic Urban Planning and Policy programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which links theory and practice by working with concepts, theories, and tools about strategic planning, stakeholder participation, self-governance, informality, spatial justice, placemaking, and trust-building. The track addresses what strategic urban planning means in the context of rapid urbanisation, informal settlement, social deprivation, growing inequalities, and economic decline. Through the lens or urban justice, students will analyse how cities function and what the role of strategic planning and policy is in the urban development process. Next to learning how to do urban planning, you will also reflect on the implications different planning policies have on the socio-spatial dynamics of cities with regards to the spatial distribution of wealth, services and opportunities, representations of identities, social positions and practices in space as well as in decision-making in and about the city.... [-]

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October 2020
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12 months
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In a global economy, cities and regions are in a perpetual state of competition. This specialisation track examines how cities use innovation and entrepreneurship to driv ... [+]

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In a global economy, cities and regions are in a perpetual state of competition. This specialisation track examines how cities use innovation and entrepreneurship to drive growth and build economic resilience in an unstable global economic climate.

The Urban Economic Development and Resilience programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to gain insight into the fundamental urban and regional processes related to economic development and resilience. Case-study examples and contemporary literature explain urban governance from an economic perspective by showcasing how cities grow and perform economically at a regional and global level. Students will work with real databases and use statistical software to learn how to translate economic theory into concrete analyses. By the end of the track, students will learn to identify criteria to assess urban and regional economic policy effectiveness using quantitative methods for evaluation as well as perform these analyses on various spatial scales: from countries to regions to neighbourhoods to households and individuals. In addition, students will be able to interpret real-world data to deliver innovative solutions for economic resilience in the context of an unstable global economic climate.... [-]

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12 months
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Smart and resilient cities are essential in tackling the growing threat of climate instability. This learning track focuses on different analytical and practical approach ... [+]

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Smart and resilient cities are essential in tackling the growing threat of climate instability. This learning track focuses on different analytical and practical approaches to foster resilience and environmental sustainability in urban areas worldwide while covering the most recent trends, developments, and tools related to urban environment, sustainability and climate change. Key topics include the impact nature-based solutions, climate mitigation, and adaptation, sectoral approaches related to energy, water and transport, and urban form have on urban resilience.

The Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to learn to apply the most innovative analytical tools used to promote smart and resilient cities. Some of the key concepts this specialisation track covers are urban governance, urban form, ecosystem services, climate resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, circular economy, and integrated sustainability policy and planning. It further showcases which theories and concepts explain the actions and strategies of different actors and institutions dealing with socio-environmental challenges and provide hands-on tools and methodologies to evaluate and finance different environmental and climate strategies. These perspectives are complemented by a focus on governance arrangements and the management of transition and change processes. Besides developing management and governance expertise, the specialisation uniquely allows you to also gain technical skills like geographical information systems and large data sets analysis.... [-]

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The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This learning track ... [+]

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The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This learning track offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the main principles of adequate housing provision and apply them in assessing existing policies. Students will learn how to devise the best possible mechanisms that foster accessible, affordable, available, acceptable and adaptable housing.

The Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to assess the provision of housing in relation to equity and socio-spatial justice. From the housing perspective, the specialisation will define equity as the role that policies and institutional frameworks have when recognising people’s needs for housing and ensuring these needs are met in accordance with their particular circumstances. Social justice is concerned with ensuring that housing is universally considered a basic need and a human right. It strives to help realise housing rights and evaluate the redistribution of benefits including access to adequate housing within society.... [-]

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This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and ... [+]

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This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and sustainable cities. It tackles the importance of land governance in supporting sustainable and resilient urban development in social, economic and environmental terms. Key topics include settlement informality, displacement and gentrification.

The Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to tackle the complex, multi-layered challenges of land, water and natural resource management in cities. These challenges are at the root of some of the most pressing concerns facing local governments: local economic development, strategic and physical planning, building social housing, providing infrastructure and basic services, and initiating poverty reduction measures. The specialisation track adopts a governance approach to these issues and it emphasizes the nature and behaviour of urban land governance as well as public and private actors that operate in urban areas such as governments, landholders, real estate developers and land brokers. Students will analyse land governance in connection to: land rights and the rule of law; land markets and finance; and the concept of urban resilience in relation to integrated land, water and natural resource management.... [-]

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This degree is a great stepping stone for those seeking to enter the field of urban management who are searching for a graduate experience that combines academic learning ... [+]

Cities face challenges every day. In order to remain sustainable and competitive, they need progressive urban managers with skills in strategic urban planning, greening and sustainability policies, governance and policy development, economic and financial analysis. Our 12-month Master's degree is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be competent urban managers in public, private and not-for-profit organisations. The Master's degree in Urban Management and Development is a great stepping stone for those seeking to enter the field of urban management who are searching for a graduate experience that combines academic learning and practical knowledge.

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Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies, IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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3062 PA Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
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