Program Managing Public Space (MaPS)

This Program adds a management perspective to planning and designing public space and is funded by societal partners joined in the Stichting Managing Public Space.

Energy transition, climate adaptation, circular economy, new urban mobility – cities face major challenges. Tackling such challenges inevitably needs to be realized in public spaces of cities. These and future challenges require a comprehensive management of public space. At the same time, many public infrastructures are at the end of their lifecycle and about to be replaced. Currently, assets in the public domain – above ground and underground systems such as road infrastructure, sewage systems, telecommunication, green infrastructure – are often managed by a rather pragmatic approach, driven by technical knowledge and practical solutions. The challenges ask for an academic approach to managing public space. The programme Managing Public Space (MaPS) aims to develop research and education for managing public space, in close collaboration with the professional field. Ultimately, the project strives for developing an academic basis for innovation in managing public space and aims at developing training for students and professionals.

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Professional development courses in Public Space Management

Are you a professional interested in managing public spaces. Our professional development courses in public space management will help you develop in your career! Learn how to plan, design, and manage public spaces for sustainable transitions in the Netherlands.

Choose from three short courses:

  1. Public Space and Transitions: Planning, Design and Management
  2. Managing Public Space: Time and Scale
  3. Managing Public Space: Governance

These courses are the first of its kind in the Netherlands with a unique focus on managing public space. You'll develop theoretical knowledge on transitions in public space while engaging with real-life cases in a mixed classroom (professionals and regular students) set-up.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Usable and modern theories (e.g., Complexity theory, transition theory, dealing with uncertainties, working with power)
  • Technological innovations (e.g., virtual representation of the real world -Digital Twins- and optimization analysis)
  • Climate adaptation challenges and solutions
  • Citizen participation
  • Institutional design and policy instruments

Join us and develop the skills and knowledge needed to be a leader in public space management!