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Economic and Environmental Assessment for Spatial Planning

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English (100%)
6 weeks
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Program description

There is an urgent need to bring the worlds of economics and environment together in a spatial planning context to achieve sustainable development.

Spatial policy and planning projects (incl. the management of scarce resources as land and water) require the use of proper assessment methodologies. Cost benefit analysis is a widely used and recognized methodology that assists in the integrated assessment of spatial policies, plans and projects, particularly from the economic and efficiency perspective.

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are procedures to support sustainable planning and decision making particularly from the environment perspective. EIA is a systematic procedure established to evaluate the impacts of proposed projects. Although by now EIA is acknowledged and legally embedded in most countries, practice has shown that EIA often occurs too late in the planning process. Since the nineties SEA for policies, plans and programmes evolved.

Practice shows however, that in terms of knowledge development the worlds of CBA and EIA/SEA remain relatively separated. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners around CBA hardly discuss and have limited awareness of EIA/SEA, while CBA is often carried by different people than the ones responsible for the EIA/SEA, and therefore leading to different scopes and perspectives. Economists have expanded the tool box to incorporate environmental externalities in the assessment framework. Environmental assessment has widened its scope to socio-economic impacts and has embraced the concept of ecosystem services to strengthen the link between ecosystems and human wellbeing. Still mutual understanding of the two worlds is limited.

Therefore this course attempts to achieve in a practical way a common understanding of both worlds to enable participants to apply elements of CBA as well as EIA/SEA at the right moment and in the proper way in the decision making process. In this way the assessment of spatial policies, plans and projects takes advantage of the strengths of both assessment frameworks and methodologies. This course provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of spatial policies, plans and projects.

The course consists of two main components. The course approach involves task-based learning that blends theory and practice.

In this course you will learn to integrate economic and environmental considerations into strategic and/or operational spatial planning processes.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.
Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

Language test

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE


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