Urban, Regional and Community-Based Management


NRM N5190 Urban, Regional and Community-Based Management
Exam Code 5190
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Prof. Johannes Hamhaber
Lecturers Prof. Johannes Hamhaber
Workload (h) 42 Attendance 108 Self-Study
Prerequisites none
Intended Learning Outcome The students will be able to evaluate the governance of cities and regions by analyzing the stakeholder roles and relations, the legal and institutional framework, and the urban management approaches in order to consult communities and municipalities towards developing equitable and resources efficient settlements.
Content Scale and space in social sciences and geographyCommunity based management

  • Commons and Common Pool Resources
  • Needs-based and asset based planning
  • Community based management

Regional development and management

  • Rural-urban gradient and the region
  • Territorial trap
  • Regional development theories, principles of relational economic geography
  • Transboundary planning approaches

Urban management

  • Urban governance vs. urban management
  • Urban management strategies, methods and tools (e.g. UDMS)

Multi-level governance

  • Multi-level governance in the EU and beyond
  • Political ecology and related concepts
Teaching Method Seminar format, Presentations and group discussion
Assesment Method Case study Report + Presentation 100%
Recommended Reading

Agrawal, A. and Gibson; C. (1999): Enchantment and Disenchantment: The Role of Community in Natural Resource Conservation, World Development, 27(4), 629-649.Amen, M, Toly, N.J. et al. 2011: Cities and Global Governance

Berkes, F. (2004): Rethinking Community-Based Conservation, Conservation Biology, 18(3), 621-630.

Blaikie P (2005) Changing environments and changing views? A Political Ecology for Developing Countries. Geography 80/3.

Brunnengräber, A. , Walk, H. 2007: Multi-Level-Governance. Nomos

Bryant R, Bailey S (1997/2000): Third World Political Ecology. Routledge 237 p

Campbell, L.M. and Vainio-Mattila, A. (2003): Participatory Development and Community-Based Conservation: Opportunities Missed for Lessons Learned? Human Ecology, 31(3), 417-437.

Capello, R. and Hijkamp. P. 2009: Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories. Elgar.

Cash, D. W., W. Adger, F. Berkes, P. Garden, L. Lebel, P. Olsson, L. Pritchard, and O. Young. 2006. Scale and cross-scale dynamics: governance and information in a multilevel world. Ecology and Society 11(2): 8.

Feeny, D., Berkes, F; McCay, B.; Acheson, J. (1990): The Tragedy of the Commons: Twenty-Two Years Later, Human Ecology, 18(1), 1-19.

Hardin, G. (1968): The Tragedy of the Commons, Science, 162, 1243-1248.

Jenkins T (2000) Postmodernity in practice: endogenous development and the role of traditional cultures in rural development of marginal regions. Ecological Economics 34

Li, T.M. (2002): Engaging Simplifications: Community-Based Resource Management, Market Processes and State Agendas in Upland Southeast Asia, World Development, 30(2), 265–283.

Ostrom, E.; Burger, J.; Field, C.; Norgaard, R; Policansky, D. (1999): Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges. Science 284: 278-28.

Pierre, J. 2001: The politics of urban governance. Palgrave

Spence, M. Arnez, P.C. and Buckly, R.M. 2009: Urbanization and growth. IBRD / World Bank

UN-Habitat (2008): An asset-based approach to community development and capacity-building, Nairobi, UN-Habitat.

Van Dijk, M.P. 2006: managing Cities in Developing Countries. Elgar

Young, O. 2006. Vertical interplay among scale-dependent environmental and resource regimes. Ecology and Society 11(1): 27. Further reading:

Bathelt G, Glückler J (2003) Relationale Wirtschaftsgeographie. Ulmer, 319 p.

Blaikie, P. (2006): Is Small Really Beautiful? Community-based Natural Resource Management in Malawi and Botswana, World Development Vol. 34, No. 11, pp. 1942–1957,

Chambers, Robert (1995): The Primacy of the Personal. In M. Edwards, D. Hulme (eds.) Non-governmental organisations – Performance and accountability: Beyond the magic bullet. London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 207–217.

Goebel, A. (1998): Process, Perception and Power: Notes from ‘Participatory’ Research in a Zimbabwean Resettlement Area, Development and Change, 29, 277-305.

Jensen B (ed. 1992): Planning as a Dialogue. District development Planning and management in Developing Countries. SPRING Research 2.

Keeble, S. (2006): Asset-based community development – A literature review, Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University.

Mosse, D. (2001): ‘People’s Knowledge’, Participation and Patronage: Operations and Representations in Rural Development, in B. Cooke and U. Kothari (eds.) Participation: The New Tyranny? London and New York: Zed Books, 16-35.

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