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Designing Experiments for Smart and Sustainable Cities

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This course bridges theory to practice within the context of the Sustainable City that aspires to be sustainable. Sustainability requires transformation, which in turn, requires experimentation. We will learn about urban experiments and how they may disrupt and transform unsustainable urban systems. We review public management techniques that can help city governments can support experiments by making citizens partners in public goods provision through co-creation. We also ask whether experiments can be designed to balance competing stakeholder concerns in an open and democratic process. Finally, we will leverage participatory budgeting as a tool in the design of a sustainability experiment in energy, mobility, or waste management.

While designing an experiment that responds to the challenge of urban (un)sustainability, students in this micro-module will hone their research skills and gain new competencies in project management and evaluation. They will also refine their oral and communication skills, develop new strategies for team building and collaboration, and use their creativity to design an urban experiment. Not only are these competencies important for working in local government contexts, but they are also transversal and add value to any work setting.


After completing the course students can:

  • Understand a real-world challenge, analyse relevant sustainability experiments, and evaluate how city governments encourage or support those experiments. <<Engage>>
  • Select the most suitable technique to monitor and evaluate urban sustainability experiments. <<Investigate>>
  • Design an urban sustainability experiment by means of participatory budgeting <<Act>>

Module level: Basic

Degree level: Master

Language: English

Study mode: Online

SDG11 Theme: Sustainable cities and communities

Open to Life Long Learners: Yes


Semester:  Spring

Starting date: 7 February 2022

Finishing date: 22 April 2022

Enrolment period: 24 January 2022 at latest

Participation form: Please fill this document and send it to the admission-contact person:


University of Twente

Participation info

The admission is currently possible for learners from ECIU partner universities. Please fill the above form and send it to the admission-contact person: