Management of Urban Infrastructures – part 1

开始时间: 02/15/2016 持续时间: 5 weeks

所在平台: Coursera

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大学或机构: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(洛桑联邦理工学院)



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This course is about the management and governance of infrastructures (it is not a hard core technical course, but rather a course in the domain of public management)! As cities are currently hosts to half of the world’s population, the role of urban infrastructures in the delivery of services (such as energy, transport and water) becomes critical and the management and governance of such complex socio-technical systems becomes vital to ensuring their performance. In this course we look at the economic, social, political as well as at the technological dimensions of the management of urban infrastructures In addition to covering the basic principles and main schools of thought in managing and governing urban infrastructures, we also focus on two, particularly vital urban infrastructures, namely energy and transport.

To that effect, the course is structured into 4 blocks. The first block provides the participants with a solid foundation for understanding urban infrastructures: why are they important? How do they function? Why are they different from other large socio-technical systems?  In the second block participants will learn about the main challenges as well as the main schools of thought in managing and governing urban infrastructures. The third and fourth blocks are dedicated to developing a deeper understanding of urban energy and urban transport management and governance respectively.  Block 3 will offer an introduction to urban energy systems, focusing, in particular, on the unique characteristics of these systems.  Block 4 will do the same for urban transportation systems and highlight, in particular, the emerging integrated approach to urban mobility.  





Learn the principles of managing urban infrastructure systems; complex socio-technical systems that provide basic services (energy, water, transport, etc.) to more than 50% of the world’s population. Learn these principles from a group of professors, urban practitioners and managers of big firms who have real-world experience in managing urban infrastructure systems.