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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Design of Regional Development Strategies
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M. Spaans    M.Spaans@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M. Spaans    M.Spaans@tudelft.nl
Dr. D. Stead    D.Stead@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M. Spaans    M.Spaans@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. D. Stead    D.Stead@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
Regional development strategies are concerned with the overall socio-economic and spatial development of a region. These strategies are made in the context of a complex interplay of a variety of socio-economic, cultural, environmental, ecological and spatial processes as well as policy making at a variety of scales. As such, the development of a region can be understood in terms of multi-actor and multi-level processes in specific institutional contexts. The effectiveness of regional strategies depends on governance models, available instruments, actors involved and regional characteristics. What works in one region is not necessarily effective in another.
A key challenge lies in the coordination of various interests, both public and private, and the creation of synergies. It is about mobilising stakeholders and creating shared identities. Finding the right balance between formal and informal approaches and between coordination and involvement on the one hand and leaving development to the market on the other are crucial.
A complicating factor is that political delimitations usually do not correspond with functional boundaries. In a functional sense, regions contain several overlapping and intersecting functional spaces, such as housing or labour markets, each of which having its own spatial scale and resulting in specific flows and interrelationships.
This course analyses spatial systems with the focus on regional level and addresses a variety of different regional development strategies. The course has a specific focus on the integration of infrastructure and urban development.
Several techniques and approaches to design regional development strategies, both technological and non-technological, are covered in the course. An example is the visualization of data and the creation of spatial visions.
Students are offered a range of theoretical and practical knowledge and are by means of assignments and tasks challenged to apply and reflect on this knowledge.

Course Contents
The course goes into the following aspects:
1. The role of territory as a perspective for integrated policy making by addressing recent real life strategies.
2. An overview of theoretical notions and concepts related to regional development strategies and the underlying governance models.
3. Specific characteristics of spatial systems and territorial governance systems and their role in regional development.
4. Techniques and approaches to design and evaluate regional development strategies.
Study Goals
Study Goals
The central objective of this course is to assess the appropriateness of regional development strategies in a variety of territorial and institutional contexts and to be able to develop approaches and recommendations for the effective and efficient development of such strategies.

After completion of the course, the student will be able:
‒ to describe what regions are and how they can be defined
‒ to explain the process of developing and evaluating regional development strategies;
‒ to identify the interests and spatial coverage of different stakeholders in regional development strategies;
‒ to use data and maps to illustrate economic, social and environmental interests at the regional level;
‒ to evaluate regional development strategies in terms of process, stakeholders and interests.
Education Method
The course demands a pro-active attitude of students. Attendance is compulsory. The course makes use of three educational methods, usually in the following order: lecture assignment essay. Students use the assignments to apply the theoretical knowledge which is provided via lectures and literature. The lectures, assignments and course material form the basis for a reflective essay on the design of regional development strategies.

The following three education methods will be used:
‒ Lecture: traditional lecture by one of the teachers or guest teachers. During lectures there is room for questions and discussion.
‒ Assignment: assignment in which the theoretical knowledge will be applied on the basis of pre-formulated task. Each assignment will either be individual or in a small a group.
‒ Essay: students are required to write an essay in which the different assignments are presented and upon which they reflect on the basis of the course material, meetings and beyond. The essay is an individual project.

Literature and Study Materials
Electronic reader and additional reading made available through Blackboard.
‒ Attendance in the course is required. A maximum of 2 sessions can be missed.
‒ Students give at least one presentation on the assignments.
‒ The exam can be taken on the condition of submitting the portfolio (with assignments and reflection) and passing the attendance and presentation requirements.
‒ The final grade is a weighted total of the essay (50%) and the exam (50%). A score of at least 5,75 is needed for both the essay and the written exam.