In a global economy, cities and regions are in a constant state of economic development and transition. This master track delves into how cities facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship to stimulate growth and build economic resilience.
The Urban Economic Development: Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme is a master track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to gain insight into the fundamental urban and regional processes related to economic development and resilience. Case-study examples and contemporary literature explain urban governance from an economic perspective by showcasing how cities grow and perform economically at a regional and global level. Students will work with real databases and use statistical software to learn how to translate economic theory into concrete analyses. By the end of the track, students will learn to identify criteria to assess urban and regional economic policy effectiveness using quantitative methods for evaluation as well as perform these analyses on various spatial scales: from countries to regions to neighbourhoods to households and individuals. In addition, students will be able to interpret real-world data to deliver innovative solutions for economic development in the context of an unstable global economic climate.
Why study Master Urban Economic Development and Resilience
This master track offers participants state-of-the-art theories and applied research skills concerning sustainable economic development. First, cities and regions compete with each other on skills, investments, amenities, tourists, trade, and knowledge. These are crucial elements for entrepreneurial activity and fostering innovation – regardless of the level of development of given a city/region. Second, economic resilience has become more prominent on research and policy agendas for the last decade. The Covid-19 economic recovery, Brexit, higher trade protectionism, the Paris Agreement, and the SDGs, are among the many challenges that lie ahead. In this context, innovation becomes central in finding effective solutions and new pathways towards economic sustainability and resilience. Therefore, the role of innovation and entrepreneurship stands at the centre of urban and regional development.
Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university
Known for its academic rigour and high quality of education, Erasmus University Rotterdam is consistently ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities.
Our teaching methods are unique
Alongside IHS teaching and research activities, our faculty members work in the field on real-life cases around the world. Challenges, learnings, and questions from these different contexts are brought back to the classroom and woven into our curriculum.
You apply everything you learn - no dry theory
Students learn through a blend of lectures, real-life case studies, discussions, debates, simulation environments, written assignments, and group work. Field visits and projects in Rotterdam and other Dutch cities provide first-hand exposure to local urban problems. Students have the option to complete their thesis fieldwork abroad and immerse themselves in a relevant urban context to collect data.
We offer a truly international and diverse environment
The IHS classroom is comprised of mid-level professionals and fresh graduates with rich and varied experiences from more than 45 countries. Typical backgrounds include architecture, engineering, planning, economics, social science, environmental science, and housing.
Study in Rotterdam - a hub of sustainable urban innovation
Iconic architecture, pioneering urban planning, and a celebrated multicultural population have thrust Rotterdam to the forefront of innovation and cultivation within the urban world.
Enjoy guest lecturers from UN-Habitat and other key stakeholders in the urban field
IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI as well as with leading universities in the Netherlands and around the world to ensure additional academic resources for our students.
What are some of the special features of this track?
Next to earning your MSc diploma from Erasmus University Rotterdam, an institution that is consistently ranked among the top 3% of the world’s best universities, studying the Urban Economic Development and Resilience track also means that you will get to:
Learn advanced urban data analytics
Deepen your quantitative skills; learn how to develop a basic and yet sound quantitative research framework; translate findings derived from quantitative studies into evidence-based policy analysis and policy-making.
Gain universally applicable knowledge
Learn how to analyse a wide range of urban related issues from an economic and innovation perspective with an enhanced consideration for social and environmental sustainability.
Obtain technical skills
Learn to use data analysis software (STATA) and work with databases to understand and interpret data and translate urban economic data into actionable insights - skills that are highly sought after in the labour market.
Enjoy a study in Rotterdam
Apply the theories you learned in the classroom to real-life cases, in a visit to one of the several innovation hubs in Rotterdam.
Blend theory with technical skills
Combine strong theoretic knowledge with the skills required from an urban manager, while learning how to translate research questions into applied economic analysis.