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Master's specialisationLocal Environmental Change and Sustainable Cities

How to deal with issues regarding the energy transition, water, mobility, circularity, agriculture and nature conservation in a city or region? This specialisation focuses on the local level of sustainability transformations and the integration of policies.

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Something for you?

  • The specialisation strongly focuses on the local level of sustainability transformations, in particular sustainable cities.
  • We will discuss the (policy) instruments that are needed for greening and climate proofing the city, combining spatial claims within cities and regions or collaborative governance with citizens on energy and water.
  • You will be introduced to numerous examples of how cities and regions all over the world are tackling environmental problems. Related aspects of spatial planning will be incorporated in this specialisation.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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What will you learn

A broad scope of environmental issues will be addressed, and the existing measures and instruments will be examined. Stormwater management, forms of renewable energy and green roofs are just a small sample of what you might encounter during this study. For example, you will discover that waste management goes far beyond recycling schemes and how cradle-to-grave products are making way for cradle-to-cradle products. In addition, we will be dealing with citizens’ initiatives in renewable energy as well as investigating new areas of focus, such as the possible environmental advantages of community food systems.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Master’s prepares you for a career as:

  • Policy maker in the field of sustainability
  • Environmental practitioner or consultant
  • Academic analyst or researcher

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What can be done to keep citizens safe from environmental hazards and natural disasters?
  • What is the role of new community-based initiatives in local food transformations?
  • How can we work on a fair and inclusive energy transition? 
  • How are cities and residents collaborating on the greening of cities? 

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.