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KGLM 2165 - The Geography of urban infrastructure : water, sewage, waste, energy and urbanisation

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

None

Course Description

Urban infrastructures are key to the social and economic development of large metropolis. They are at the core of local, national and international strategies aiming to widen access to urban services, to improve health and social inclusion, as well as economic performance. Demographic and spatial growth, widespread poverty combined with the rise of upper and middle classes are leading to increasing pressures on supply and the environment. New business models have to coexist with the need for strong public commitment. The goal of the class is to provide the basic elements to understand the technical and policy challenges the management of infrastructure is facing, sector by sector (water, energy, sanitation and waste management) and as a whole. The geographical perspective will articulate an analysis of the governance of urban infrastructure with a wider look at the urban political ecology of the metropolis.

Teachers

VERDEIL, Eric (Professor at Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

The class will articulate lectures on the fundamentals of infrastructure's management, sectors' specificities and policy issues and a collective discussion will follow the weekly presentation of cases studies by one or two students

Course validation

Oral presentation on readings ; final essay on emerging practices in the field of urban infrastructure

Workload

Weekly readings (2-3 texts)

Required reading

  • COUTARD, O., RUTHERFORD, J. (ed.), 2016, Beyond the networked city: infrastructure reconfigurations and urban change in the North and South, London etc., Royaume-Uni de Grande-Bretagne et d'Irlande du Nord, Routledge.
  • GRAHAM, S. (ed.), 2010, Disrupted cities : when infrastructure fails, New York; London, Routledge.
  • MCDONALD, D. A., RUITERS, G. (ed.), 2012, Alternatives to Privatization: Public Options for Essential Services in the Global South, Routledge.
  • LORRAIN, D., 2014, Governing Megacities in Emerging Countries, Farnham, Ashgate.
  • LORRAIN, D., POUPEAU, F. (ed.), 2016, Water regimes: beyond the public and private sector debate, Abingdon (UK), Routledge.