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By on May 7, 2018

Name of university

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Name of Department

Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Design

Alfred Getz vei 3
Sentralbygg 1, 5th floor
7491 Trondheim

+47 73595021

Official Focal Point
Rolee Aranya rolee.aranya@ntnu.no

Alternate Focal Point
Marcin Sliwa marcin.sliwa@ntnu.no

Authority approving the partnership
Carl Fredrik Lutken Shetelig



The main research and teaching areas at the Department are sustainable urban design and planning, as well as architectural design, management and development. For over 20 years, the department has been running the International Master’s Programme in Urban Ecological Planning, which focuses on the complex urban issues in rapidly changing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts in the developing and developed countries. Students, alumni and faculty from the department have been actively involved in different projects and activities of UN-Habitat.

Potential Collaboration Opportunities
1. SSCRI – Smart Sustainable City Regions in India
This is a recently launched project in partnership with the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in Delhi, funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). Funding is provided for the period 2017-2020.
The main components of the project are: 1) a student mobility agreement, which includes annual joint 3-months fieldwork in India and a summer school program for SPA students at NTNU, 2) PhD mobility agreement, 3) development of joint publications and 4) development of a joint online course.

2. Urban Contingency
This is a joint initiative of our department together with the selected researchers from the Department of Geography (NTNU); as well as staff at the Center for Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University; the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, USA); the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi; the Norwegian Refugee Council, and the Norwegian Red Cross.
The proposed activities are: 1) mapping of approaches and theories in contingency planning, 2) identification of urban labs for development and testing of the framework, 3) development of the framework for contingency planning in the selected labs, 4) testing and refining of the framework, 5) preparation of a curriculum for the course on ‘Contingency Planning’ proposed in the program in the M.Sc. programme in Urban Ecological Planning, 6) development of a curriculum for the project with Chatham University, Pittsburgh, 7) elaboration of research applications for the further development of the Framework and 8) publications.

3. Internships for M.Sc. Theses.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Social Inclusion
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Resilience
  • Reconstruction
  • Land
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Climate Change
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