The course considers some classical and recent elements in economic urban geography that explain the interrelations between firms, households and the State in the city, the external economic relations of cities at different scales, the spatial structure of the urban economy and urban economic development.
Students are expected to gain insight in these topics and their interrelations
and into the historical and regional diversity of urban econopmic structures and their spatial organisation.
They are also expected to compare and assess different theoretical approaches in urban economic geography.
Finally, they must be capable to use this knowledge in order to contextualise
and analyse present-day urban problems in different settings.
- Analysis and interpretation of thematic maps and graphic presentation of data
- Knowledge and use of basic concepts of political economy
- Knowledge of economic and political changes since the 19th century in the world and use of this as a historical canvas
Articles and literature
Examples and samples
Is also included in other courses
- Master in de geografie (Research Option) 120 ects.
- Master in de geografie (Urban Geography) 120 ects.
- Master of Geography (SPACE AND SOCIETY) 120 ects.
- Master of Social Policy Analysis 60 ects.
- Master in de ingenieurswetenschappen: architectuur 120 ects.
- Master of Human Settlements 60 ects.
- Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning 120 ects.
- Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Sustainable Territorial Development 120 ects.
Lecture 1-2: Shrinking
cities: understanding the relations between employment, housing, public
infrastructure and collective consumption, population change and urban
Lecture 3: Creative cities
- Critical overview of Richard Florida (contrast with David Harveys The Condition of Postmodernity)
- Explain flexible accumulation regime, geographical competition and the
entrepreneurial city => historical conditions of urban growth
- Market versus State and Networks
- Sectorial diversity of knowledge and growth
Lecture 4-5: Classical theories of urban economic growth
classical economic handling of urban economy from the perspective of
the urban economy as a single economic unit, as a system within a
region and as an element in a global network and see how these
different points of view are related to postwar economic history
- Export base theory and growth pole theory
- Cities and regions (Myrdal)
- Cities and the world economy (Sassen, GaWC)
- Path dependency and learning regions
Lecture 6: The three circuits of capital and urbanisation: David Harvey on the urban economy
understand marxist economic point of view on urban change
Lecture 7: Urban land economics
understand how urban land market works and how it regulates urban land use.
Unravel the relations between urban land markets and urban economic
Lecture 8: Social and spatial employment mismatches
understand the role of spatial structures in urban economic development
Lecture 9: Ethnic entrepreneurship
Together with lecture 10: understand the other side of urban economic activities both as resistance to inequalities and exclusion and as opportunities
for alternative development
Lecture 10 : Informal urban economy
cfr. general aims
Oral: 15 minutes, 15 minutes preparation
One broad question (15 points) asking the student to link different parts of the course, e.g.:
Comparing different theories
Linking theories with empirical facts
One comment on a map, figure or table (3 points, no preparation)
Two short explanations of concepts or authors (2 points, no preparation)