Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies MOOCs


Urban Research The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an education, advisory and research institute which falls under the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Erasmus School of Economics. For 60 years, it has been its mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.

Looking at cities from different perspectives, IHS educates urban professionals with diverse backgrounds, consult national and local governments from the Global South and engage in cutting-edge urban research. Bringing practical experience from real-life projects back to the classroom, IHS inspires collaboration and co-creation of urban knowledge. Together with its partners IHS works at the forefront of urban development to improve the wellbeing of people living in cities. IHS is about making cities work.

Its network of alumni includes over 10 000 active urban experts all over the world, ranging from architects, social scientists, economists, to public administration workers, civil servants, and government officials.


Together with many reputable partners, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a range of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). 

What are MOOCs?

MOOCs are online courses that are freely accessible to anyone who wants to register. Since the launch of our first MOOC, "Planning for Climate Change in African Cities", in 2017, more than 2000 people have signed up for our courses. Over the past two years, IHS has released three more MOOCs on urban management and development topics: "Financing Infrastructure in African Cities", "Local Economic Development", and "Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research."

Source: IHS.







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Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Planning and Managing Urban Spatial Development
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Sustainable Urban Development for Social Inclusion and Ending Poverty

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