Cities and Climate Change Academy

Climate Change Academy

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Educational modules for the Curricula of Universities, Higher Education and Training Institutions on Climate Change in Urban Areas These modules provide an overview of theory and concepts of climate change including mitigation, adaptation, risk and vulnerability, and demonstrate how climate change is a key issue in urban areas. Climate change education is needed to address the challenges of climate change and universities play an important role in transferring knowledge The modules show how cities are both affected by and contribute to climate change and how planning for climate change is essential. The project was supported by funding from the Government of Norway. The modules were developed under the Habitat UNI, the UN-Habitat partnership with universities globally. The Cities and Climate Change Academy is one of the components of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative. The developers of the modules were organized in consortia of universities that collaborated intensively in the development of the modules

Objective of the Modules

The main objective of these modules is to provide a comprehensive body of knowledge on climate change in the context of cities and to provide universities, higher education institutions and training organizations with ready-to-use materials and case studies to be utilized in their regular educational and training programs. Target Audience: University lecturers and other trainers in post-secondary learning institutions.

How to use the Modules

These modules can be incorporated into existing university curricula or used as new courses. They can be used as they are designed or be adapted to different contexts and target groups. Users are encouraged to adapt, improve and enhance the content and structure of the sessions that comprise the modules. Each module contains:

  1. PowerPoint presentation
  2. Lecture Notes
  3. Syllabus
  4. Reading list

There are also several case studies linking to the themes of the modules. Each module focuses on a specific topic and provides a theoretical overview on relevant concepts and principles. In order to connect the theoretical knowledge with practical applications, each module includes case studies from different parts of the world. These case studies enable students to understand the applications of the theoretical material in different cities and contexts. The modules therefore have a unique combination of theory and practical applications that will facilitate improved knowledge on climate change in urban areas. The modules are also available in Spanish. They were adapted by Foro Ciudades para la Vida and contain additional case studies on Latin America. Please contact infohabitat@unhabitat.org or UNI@unhabitat.org to obtain the modules in Spanish

Module 1: Theory and Concepts of Climate Change and Cities

Module 1 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides 12.35 MB 674 downloads

Annexure B – Lecture Notes

Annexure B – Lecture Notes 329.85 KB 480 downloads

Annexure C – Reading List

Annexure C – Reading List 263.47 KB 392 downloads

Annexure D – Case study

Annexure D – Case study 684.88 KB 449 downloads

Annexure E – Course syllabus

Annexure E – Course syllabus 336.57 KB 419 downloads
  • Hartmut Funfgeld, RMIT University, Global Cities Research Institute, Australia
  • Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts, United States
  • Willemien van Niekerk, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

Module 2: The Practice of Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Module 2 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides 51.17 MB 486 downloads

Annexure B – Lecture Notes

Annexure B –Lecture Notes 474.28 KB 403 downloads

Annexure C – Reading List

Annexure C – Reading List 204.36 KB 343 downloads

Annexure D – Case study

Annexure D – Case study 442.73 KB 357 downloads

Annexure E – Course syllabus

Annexure E – Course syllabus 223.67 KB 333 downloads
  • Willemien van Niekerk, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

Module 3: Planning for Climate Change

Module 3 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides 5.35 MB 405 downloads

Annexure B – Lecture Notes

Annexure B – Lecture Notes 400.55 KB 361 downloads

Annexure C – Reading List

Annexure C – Reading List 238.81 KB 310 downloads

Annexure D – Studio Project

Annexure D – Studio project 183.19 KB 315 downloads

Annexure E – Course syllabus

Annexure E – Course syllabus 228.76 KB 316 downloads
  • Hartmut Funfgeld, RMIT University, Global Cities Research Institute, Australia
  • Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts, United States
  • Willemien van Niekerk, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

Module 4: Climate Change and Urban Water Cycle Management

Module 4 - Sub-module 1 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides Sub-module 1 6.22 MB 368 downloads

Module 4 - Sub-module 2 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides Sub-module 2 1.88 MB 311 downloads

Annexure B – Lecture Notes

Annexure B – Lecture Notes 877.57 KB 341 downloads

Annexure C – Reading List

Annexure C – Reading List 269.66 KB 283 downloads

Annexure D – Case Studies

Annexure D – Case Studies 1.26 MB 331 downloads

Annexure E – Course Syllabus

Annexure E – Course Syllabus 198.64 KB 295 downloads
  • Rosemary Awuor-Hayangah, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Nikolai Bobylev, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia
  • Njoya Silas Ngetar, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Khatanbaatar Altantuul, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Mongolia
  • Nadjet Aroua, Ecole polytechnique d’Architecture & d’urbanisme of Algiers, Algeria

Module 5: Climate Change and Urban Energy

Module 5 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides 0.00 KB 407 downloads

Annexure B – Reading List

Annexure B – Reading List 202.05 KB 310 downloads

Annexure C – Course Syllabus

Annexure C – Course Syllabus 216.90 KB 289 downloads

Annexure D - Case Study

Annexure D - Case Study 185.48 KB 281 downloads

Module 5 - Annexure D Long Case Study Cuba

Annexure D - Long Case Study Cuba 1.76 MB 292 downloads
  • Prof. Yves D. Bussière, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
  • Dirk Heinrichs, Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
  • Kosta Mathéy, Global Urban Studies Institute (GLOBUS), Free University of Berlin, Germany

Module 6: Climate Change and Urban Mobility

Module 6 - Annexure A Lecture Slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides 45.41 MB 679 downloads

Annexure B – Long Case Study

Annexure B – Long Case Study 574.13 KB 311 downloads

Annexure C – Long case study Metrobus

Annexure C – Long case study Metrobus 952.46 KB 307 downloads

Module 6 - Annexure C Long Case Study BRT in Mexico City

Annexure C - Long Case Study BRT in Mexico City 952.46 KB 287 downloads

Annexure D – Course syllabus

Annexure D – Course syllabus 211.80 KB 297 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Shenzhen

Annexure E – Case Study, Shenzhen 199.04 KB 284 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Saint Luis

Annexure E – Case Study, Saint Luis 218.14 KB 281 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Turkey

Annexure E – Case Study, Turkey 277.51 KB 271 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Cairo

Annexure E – Case Study, Cairo 342.71 KB 286 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Medellin

Annexure E – Case Study, Medellin 310.92 KB 259 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Kunming

Annexure E – Case Study, Kunming 280.43 KB 276 downloads

Annexure E – Case Study, Mexico City

Annexure E – Case Study, Mexico City 152.34 KB 283 downloads

Annexure F – Reading list

Annexure F – Reading list 271.48 KB 274 downloads
  • Dirk Heinrichs, Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
  • Kosta Mathéy, Global Urban Studies Institute (GLOBUS), Free University of Berlin, Germany

Module 7: Climate Change and Shelter & Housing

Module 7 - Sub-module 1 - Annexure A lecture

Annexure A - Lecture Sub-module 1 24.89 MB 387 downloads

Module 7 - Sub-module 2 - Annexure A lecture slides

Annexure A - Lecture Slides Sub-module 2 41.98 MB 411 downloads

Annexure B – Reading list

Annexure B – Reading list 262.17 KB 297 downloads

Annexure C – Course syllabus

Annexure C – Course syllabus 235.62 KB 287 downloads

Module 7 - Annexure D Case Study Nicaragua

Annexure D - Case Study Nicaragua 2.21 MB 318 downloads

Module 7 - Annexure D Case Study Vietnam

Annexure D - Case Study Vietnam 1.86 MB 291 downloads

Annexure D - Case Study Greater Noida India

Annexure D - Case Study Greater Noida India 967.23 KB 291 downloads

Annexure D - Case Study 19 External Links

Annexure D - Case Study 19 External Links 135.15 KB 274 downloads

Annexure E - Case Study Senegal

Annexure E - Case Study Senegal 184.99 KB 288 downloads
  • Susan Roaf, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Kosta Mathéy, Global Urban Studies Institute (GLOBUS), Free University of Berlin, Germany

Contact Information
UN-Habitat would like to know how you are using the modules and to hear your suggestions. If you are using the modules please let us know. Please contact us on infohabitat@unhabitat.org or UNI@unhabitat.org.
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