Semester Offering: August

The objective of the course is to impart knowledge on theories, techniques and methods in urban planning and regeneration within the context of the environment as underlying ethos that urban and environmental management require both scientific and managerial expertise to integrate spatial and other forms of intervention, particularly those related to urban and regional planning and to policy and management for environmental protection.  Therefore, the course deals with both conventional as well as state of the art environmental management systems to create an overall framework and broad applications within which the other specialized areas of the Urban Environmental Management are discussed.


Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1.       Apply overall concepts of sustainable development and urban environmental management field.
  2.       Select existing management systems, methods and techniques that are used to address urban environmental problems.
  3.       Analyze the current and emerging urban environmental issues in the world and region.




I.         Introduction
1.        Definitions of Urban, Environment, and Management
2.        Urban Systems Approach
3.        Urbanization Process and its Environmental Consequences
4.        Ideology of Sustainable Urban Development and Eco-friendly Cities

II.        Urban Environmental Planning and Management Framework
1.        Urban Subsystems
2.        Priority Issues and Agendas
3.        Administrative Framework, Legal Framework and Environmental Legislation
4.        Environmental Governance Local Agenda 21, Sustainable Development Goals, International Conventions and Protocols

III.       Environmental Management Measures (EMMs), Instruments and tools
1.        Administrative Instruments, Policy Instruments, Legal Instruments, Planning Instruments for Command and Control Measures
2.        Financial and Budgetary Instruments, Economic Instruments for Economic Measures
3.        Information Technology Instruments and Participatory Tools for Assuasive Measures

IV.       Establishing Environmental Management System (EMS) at Urban Local Government Bodies and Public Organizations
1.        Local Environmental Action Planning (LEAP)
2.        Environmental Assessment and Appraisal for Local Actions
3.        EMS and Good Practices for UEM
4.        Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility




  1.      Roberts, B.H. (2012). Managing Systems for Secondary Cities: Policy Responses for International Development, Cities Alliance, Belgium. .
  2.      Pollalis, S.N. (Ed) (2016). Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach, Routledge Taylor&Francis Group, New York.
  3.      Wong, T-C and Yuen, B. (Ed) (2011). Eco-city Planning – Policies, Practice and Design, Springer Science Business Media B.V., London.


  1.      Suzuki, H. H. et al. (2013). Transforming Cities with Transit: Transit and Land-Use Integration for Sustain­able Urban Development, Washington, DC: World Bank.
  2.      Dawson, R.J, et al. (2014). Understanding Cities: Advances in Integrated Assessment of Urban Sustainability, Final Report of COST Action TU0902, Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER), Newcastle, UK.
  3.      Luthi, C. et al (2011). Sustainable Sanitation in Cities: A Framework for Action, Papiroz Publishing House, the Netherlands.
  4.      Jenks, M. and Jones, C. (Eds) (2010). Dimensions of the sustainable city. Springer Science+Business Media B.V, UK.
  5.      GEFT (2000).The US EPA Environmental Management System Pilot Program for Local Government Entities, Global Environmental & Technology Foundation, Virginia.
  6.      Barton, H., Grant, M. and Guise, R. (eds.) (2010). Shaping Neighborhoods: Health, Sustainability, Vitality, (2nd Edition).
  7.      Mendes, M. R. (2004). Urban Environmental Management: Challenges in Asia, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Kanagawa, Japan.
  8.      Hall, P. and Pfeiffer, U. (2000). Urban Future 21: A Global Agenda for Twenty First Century Cities, Taylor and Francis, NY.
  9.      Pugh, C. D. J. ed. (2000). Sustainable Cities in Developing Countries: Theory and Practice at The Millennium, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London.
  10.    Ravetz, J. (2001). City-Region 2020: Integrated Planning for a Sustainable Environment, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London.


  1.       Environment and Planning, Pion Ltd.
  2.       Environment and Urbanization, Sage Publishers
  3.       International Development Planning Review, Liverpool University Press
  4.       Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier

  1.      UNEP (2011). Sustainable and Resource Efficient Cities, DTIE, SCP Branch, France.
  2.      World Bank (2013). Building Sustainability in an Urbanizing World, DTIE, Washington DC.
  3.      UN-HABITAT (2012). Sustainable Urbanization in Asia: A Sourcebook for Local Governments.
  4.      UN-HABITAT (2010): The State of Asian Cities 2010/2011.
  5.      Cities Alliances (2007). Livable Cities: The Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning, Washington D.C.
  6.      AIT (2008). Environmental Management Measures for Overcoming the Formal-Informal Dichotomy, Research Symposium, in Collaboration with CIDA-AIT Partnership, Thailand.


Lectures:          45 hours
Self-study:        90 hours
Assignments (take home):         45 hours


Teaching and learning methods involves lectures using multimedia presentation slides, discussions, and assignments. Instruction manual and lecture outline are used as a base for course delivery. Additional readings are given to improve classroom discussions and take home assignments.  


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts: mid-semester exam (30%), final exam (40%), and assignments (individual 20% and group 10% respectively). The mid-semester and final examinations are closed book examination.

An “A” would be awarded if a student can elaborate the knowledge learned in class by presenting his/her own analysis from relevant journal articles and required readings. A “B” would be awarded if a student shows an overall understanding of all topics, a “C” would be awarded if a student meets below average expectation on both knowledge and analysis, and a “D” would be given if a student does not meet basic expectations in analyzing or understanding the issues presented in the course.