Semester Offering: January
The objective of the course is to provide theoretical   aspects and managerial techniques required in an interdisciplinary teamwork situation, with a view to face challenges and to overcome them successfully. Competencies required to synthesize the acquired knowledge is intended to be given through a workshops and field visits focusing on selected themes like livelihood, modes of governance, environmental sustainability, regulatory processes etc.

Further, this course will provide the foundation required for students to start the thesis or research work with skills of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data so as to generate solutions for urban management issues.


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

1.    Analyze issues related to urban management and planning.
2.    Apply management tools and techniques for a UEM development project, as well as all knowledge they have learned from other basic courses of UEM.
3.    Apply and evaluate the theories and concepts with the practices of urban management.


ED79.01 Urban Environmental Management Systems.


I.          Overall Process and Methods – Concepts and Applications
1.    Use of Results-based Management
2.    Conduct Logical Framework Analysis, Environmental Assessment and Gender Analysis

II.         Rapid Appraisal and Identification of Key Issues – Concepts and Applications
1.    Contextual analysis.
2.    State of environmental reporting and strategic planning.
3.    Identification and analysis of some specific problem/s (Lab).

III.        Strategic Planning, Results-Based Management and Evaluation – Concepts and Applications
1.    Set objectives to solve the specific problems
2.    Development of strategies and action plans/projects
3.    Presentation of strategies, action plans, action projects and implementation mechanism including Logical Framework Analysis, Environmental Assessment and Gender Analysis (Lab)
4.    Evaluation of existing or proposed projects related to specific problems (Lab)


Phase 1 – Rapid Appraisal and Identification of Key Issues, and Phase 2 - Strategic Planning, Results-Based Management and Evaluation which cover sub-topics identified as “Lab” above.


No designated textbook, but class notes and handouts will be provided.


1.    Hardoy, J. E., Mitlin, D. and Satterthwaite, D. (2006). Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World, Earthscan, London.







2.    Leitmann, J. (1999). Sustaining Cities – Environmental Planning and Management in Urban Design, McGraw-Hill.



3.    Bryson, J. M. (2011). Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th Ed, Jossey-Bass.



4.    Dandekar, H. C. (1982). The Planner’s Use of Information: Techniques for Collection, Organization, and Communication, Hutchinson Ross Publishing Company.



5.    MOI & GTZ (2002). Strengthening Local Urban Planning and Management, Ministry of Interior and GTZ, Bangkok.



6.    SEA-UEMA Project (2008). Gender Equality in Urban Environmental Management – A Case Book, AIT,.



7.    Dale, R. (2004). Evaluating Development Programmes and Projects, 2nd Ed, Sage Publishers.


1.   Cities, Elsevier
2.   Habitat International, Elsevier
3.   Urbanization and Environment, Sage

1.    Cities Alliance (2006). Guide to City Development Strategies - Improving Urban Performance.
2.    UN-HABITAT (2012). The State of World’s Cities - Prosperity of Cities.        
3.    CIDA (2000). RBM Handbook on Developing Results Chains.
4.    UNEP-ICLEI (2001). Environmental Management System Training Resource Kit Vol. 1&2, Yokohama.


         Lectures: 30 hours
         Workshop sessions: 90 hours
         Self-study: 30 hours
         Assignments: 15 hours

For workshop sessions:
1.       Two to three hours per week briefing/ lecture sessions
2.       Four hours per week workshop activity sessions
3.       Three to five day field investigation for Phase I activities
4.       Two day field investigation for Phase II activities (if required)


The teaching and learning methods include lectures using multimedia presentation slides, discussions and assignments. Instruction manual and lecture outline are used as a base for focus of course delivery. Additional readings are also used to improve classroom discussions and take home assignments. Group discussions and presentations are conducted to enhance the knowledge and skills of students.


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts: preparatory assignment (10%), mid-semester examination (30%),mid-semester presentation (20%), final presentation (30%), role-play (5%) and peer group assessment (5%). The mid- semester exam is closed book. There is no written final examination.

An “A” would be awarded if a student can elaborate the knowledge learned in class by presenting his/her own analysis from the 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.