“Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old student Climate Activist.

More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Due to the ongoing urbanisation and growth of the world’s population, there will be about 2.5 billion more people added to the urban population by 2050, mainly in Africa and Asia. 

Today, cities and towns face a variety of environmental challenges concerning food production, energy, water, waste management, and pollution, as well as social challenges in regard to jobs, poverty, and human health and wellbeing. The new urban revolution is about “Healthy, Liveable, Sustainable, and Resilient Cities”. The course introduces the ecological approach to urban planning. The legal instruments and scientific methodology or tools available.

This is an ONLINE course where individual learners can enjoy a learn-at-your-pace system. The entire course is divided into Five Modules of total 45-60 mins duration each. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures.

This course can also be taken as part of "Aligning Design with Allied Fields" where experts from fields of Sociology, Environmental Psychology, Economics and Environmental and Urban planning will share insights with learners. Individual learners may join it as a self-paced course and institutions are encouraged to join it as an elective or additional course.

Who should take this course?

The course has been designed so that anyone can join and learn, it looks into the role of economics in urbanisation and its impact on our environment. Learners who are interested in the fields of environment, city design, architecture, sociology, econmics and related fields are encouraged to join this course.

  • Students of Architecture, Design, Geography, Conservation etc.

  • Urban and Regional Planners

  • Environmentalists and Ecologists

  • Climate change activists, citizen scientists, curious learners, social media influencers, pretty much everyone who wants to understand the ecological approach to urban development

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and Introduction

    • Hi there!

    • Introduction to the Portal

  • 2

    Urbanisation & Environment

    • Contents

    • Lecture: Environment and Ecology

    • Environment and Ecology

    • Lecture: Concepts of Ecology

    • Concepts of Ecology

    • Lecture: Biodiversity loss and Ecosystem Evaluation

    • Biodiversity loss and Ecosystem Evaluation

    • Lecture: State of Environment in India

    • State of Environment in India

  • 3

    Introduction to Environmental Planning

    • Contents

    • Lecture: Introduction to Environmental Planning

    • Introduction to Environmental Planning

    • Lecture: Environmental Planning tools-1

    • Environmental Planning tools-1

    • Lecture: Environmental Planning tools-2

    • Environmental Planning tools-2

    • Lecture: Environmental Planning tools-3

    • Environmental Planning tools-3

    • Lecture: Environmental Planning tools-4

    • Environmental Planning tools-4

    • Lecture: Environmental Planning tools-5

    • Environmental Planning tools-5

  • 4

    Urban Ecology

    • Contents

    • Lecture: Urban Ecology

    • Urban Ecology

    • Lecture Urban Challenges

    • Urban Challenges

    • Lecture: Urban Ecosystem Services

    • Urban Ecosystem services

    • Lecture: Urban Ecology and Health

    • Urban Ecology and Health

  • 5

    Tools of Environmental Planning

    • Contents

    • Lecture: Urban Resilience

    • Urban Resilience

    • Lecture: Biophilic Urbanism

    • Biophilic Urbanism

    • Lecture: Ecology of Cities

    • Ecology of Cities

    • Lecture: Ecology of Cities-2

    • Ecology of Cities-2

  • 6

    Food For Thought

    • References

  • 7

    Next Steps

    • Quick Survey


Rohit Pansare

Field Expert

Rohit Pansare is an independent researcher and environmental consultant with over 8 years of experience in the conservation and environment planning field. This includes experience in conducting environmental assessments and habitat risks assessments using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). He has a Master’s in environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Mumbai University with a specialization in urban and industrial waste management. He has been involved with various institutes as a subject expert covering topics like GIS-RS, biodiversity assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental law and disaster management.

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