Course Public Space and Transitions: Planning, Design and Management

Are you dealing with complex transition challenges in public space and infrastructures? Are you looking for integrated approaches to climate adaptation, energy transition, circularity or mobility where planning, design, management and maintenance interact? Do you want to broaden and deepen your theoretical knowledge and skills and apply the latest insights in a real-world context? Do you enjoy collaborating with master students? Then this course is something for you!

Organised by Wageningen Academy
Duration 8 weeks (80 hours)
Price EUR 2,295.00

This course is not open for registration yet.
You can already show your interest or download the flyer.

When enrolling at this course you may apply for the use of the STAP-budget.
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This course has been developed by experts of Wageningen University in collaboration with the Stichting Managing Public Space. The course is part of a series of three courses, which can be followed separately.

Why follow this course?

After this course, you will be able to analyse the impact of different transitions in public space from different disciplinary perspectives. You can distinguish the different roles of planning, design and management in public space; and understand how they can collaborate. You can develop a product for a transition problem in public space, based on an integrated approach. You can integrate theoretical perspectives with your practical knowledge and experience; and demonstrate relevant competences in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary context.

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for a blend of two groups: professionals acquainted with the management of public space with a Bachelor level by working experience or study, and master students with a background in planning or design. Professionals and students collaborate in this course in small interdisciplinary teams. Per edition a maximum of 18 MSc students and 18 professionals can register for this course.

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Programme & topics

The course includes a variety of activities, such as lectures, exercises, discussions, group work, field work and presentations. During a period of 8 weeks you will work on challenges and transitions in public space, like:


  • Planning, design and management
  • Transitions such as climate adaptation, mobility, circularity, energy transition
  • Integrated approach
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary working

The estimated study load is approximately 80 up to 90 hours (please take this into account when planning). This includes:

  • Scheduled afternoon sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, which will take place on campus or online
  • 8 December, afternoon: excursion to Utrecht
  • 12 December till 16 December: intensive workshop

Final presentations are scheduled on Tuesday 20 December, in the afternoon.

Mixed Classroom

During a period of 8 weeks you will work on challenges and transitions in public space. Through lectures and knowledge clips your work of planning, design and management is connected to state of the art scientific knowledge. Professionals and master students collaborate to work on complex challenges in public realm. Experience the strength of an integral and multidisciplinary approach of these complex issues.


After completing this course you may receive micro-credentials. Micro-credentials certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, marking the quality of a course.

Stay informed

This programme is not open for registration yet. You can already show your interest. Questions? Contact Wageningen Academy.