Summer School on 'Sustainable Cities'
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Sustainable cities are essential to achieve global environmental sustainability. But sustainable city development cannot be achieved from single discipline perspectives. This course brings together theories, concepts and models from different disciplines - public affairs, public health, urban planning, engineering, environmental science, climate sciences, industrial ecology and economics - to develop sustainable cities globally using a social-ecological-infrastructural systems framework. Students will learn sustainability systems concepts, local-to-global linkages, inter-disciplinary skills, inter-cultural skills, and ethics considerations in conducting international fieldwork.
IIT-K students from
different disciplines will join US students from Engineering,
Environmental Science & Management, Urban Planning and Public
Students will gain a deeper
understanding of how cities are embedded within larger-scale engineered
infrastructures (e.g., electric power, water supply, and transportation
networks) that convey natural resources over large distances for use by
people in cities. Students will explore complex, cross-scale
interactions between the natural system, the transboundary engineered
infrastructures, and the multiple social actors and institutions that
govern these infrastructures using a novel
social-ecological-infrastructural systems (SEIS) framework. Field trips
to cities in India will introduce students to urban infrastructure
conditions and innovations in India, including an understanding of who
benefits from infrastructure innovations, who is disadvantaged, and how
policies are developed.
The course is based on inter-disciplinary framework developed for study of sustainable city systems. The framework and supporting curriculum resources have been peer-reviewed and published in “A Social-Ecological-Infrastructural Systems Framework for Interdisciplinary Study of Sustainable City Systems: An Inter-Disciplinary Curriculum Across Seven Major Discipline” in theJournal of Industrial Ecology, by Ramaswami et al. (2012) which is available online.
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