854323 Climate change and global aspects in planning and spatial development

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Weber, Karin
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


In the course of climate change cities and urbanized areas will be increasingly affected by heat waves, resulting in drought and flooding. Urban growth, alongside increasing density in urban areas, has put urban green spaces and open landscapes under pressure and has led to their loss. Climate change is intensifying the so-called urban heat island effect and negatively impacts on cities, their residents, and their quality of life and health. Currently, formal and informal planning tools for climate-adaptive/climate-responsive cities are being developed in practice and research. Green cool spaces are an urban amenity that supports a good quality for varying everyday realities of people of different gender, ages, and social and cultural backgrounds in the urban context. The fair distribution of private and public green and open spaces is a key factor for environmental and social justice for all residents in cities. Gendered and climate approaches to cities and regions will make useful contributions to sustainable liveable just cities and regions. (European Green Deal, 2020)“. (refers to the Call of Membership 2020, adapted Damyanovic und Sturm 2021, Damyanovic 2023)

Research questions for the course (to be discussed):
How is the social and social dimension integrated into climate-adaptive/climate-responsible planning processes instruments, policies, and initiatives of (green) cool urban spaces and landscapes in the European context?

Which concepts of gender and climate justice are reflected in these instruments and initiatives?

What is the added value of integrating gender and climate just perspectives in planning urban open spaces?

(for the lecture, adapted Damyanovic 2023)

keywords: climate change, gender, and climate justice, urban open spaces and landscapes, SDGs, sustainability sciences

Previous knowledge expected

good command of oral and written English

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Demonstrate a critical insight into the philosophy, importance and controversy of climate justice.
•Critically discuss the implications, complexities and trade-offs between climate change and poverty.
•Demonstrate an understanding of climate justice and equitable low carbon management.
•Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, approaches and tools to sharing the burden of climate change via climate finance, business models, govemental approaches.
Students will, on the basis of good-practice examples, learn how climate change justice is implemented on different spatial scales and by various stakeholders.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.