For the first time in history, most of the world's inhabitants live in cities. Urban centers are where change is happening: in the economy, finance, technology, culture, and the environment. It is crucial for policymakers, citizens, and communities to
understand how these rapid and unprecedented transformations are linked together and how they can be shaped and managed to improve the welfare of communities, cities, and nations. Courses in global urban futures train practitioners to address these
issues and strengthen understanding of possibilities for innovative change. Mindful of history and responding to the imperatives of current problems, these courses prepare practitioners to design and lead the urban future.
These courses draw on the unique strengths of more than 20 full-time faculty members from a range of disciplines, including economics, urban planning, urban studies, public finance, political science, anthropology, sociology, architecture, urban history,
environmental sciences, and community development. It explores urbanization in relation to globalization, climate change, the global and national economies, and media, technology, and culture. Students taking courses in global urban futures analyze
the way global factors interact with local environments, actors, and institutions to produce new urban forms, policies, behaviors, problems, and opportunities.
View current recommended courses in global urban futures.
Students can also explore the International Field Program.