Summer School in Urban Development
"Building back a better Ukraine"

August 1-12



Organized by:

Kyiv School of Economics

Method Büro

University of Groningen

Borodyanka Territorial Community

Kyiv Regional Military Administration


Dates: August 1-12


Kyiv School of Economics launched a new Master’s program in Urban Development. In partnership with Method Büro, the University of Groningen, Cedos and the Borodyanka Amalgamated territorial community, we are running a Summer school on Urban development during the wartime. We are looking for 20 motivated and persistent students who want to obtain new knowledge for the reconstruction of Ukrainian territories during and after the war.


Summer School’s students may be representatives of various fields and disciplines specializing in the study of urban planning and community needs. 

  • Architects, urban planners
  • Specialists in geography, demography, economics, ecology 
  • Sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists
  • Other related disciplines


Summer school applicants can be students of universities (bachelor’s, master’s, postgraduate) in Ukraine or abroad. They can be university graduates.


Students will work in teams on joint projects (an example of possible projects is at the link).


Important skills for participating in summer school:


  • Good spoken English
  • Analytical thinking
  • Interest in the topic of urban development
  • Teamwork skills


The School includes such components:


  • Theoretical lectures (online, English). August 1-8. Teachers at the universities of Groningen, Delft, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Local context. After the lectures, students will be able to critically rethink the theory im collaboration with local experts (Ukrainian architects and urban planners).
  • Practice and experience. On August 2, students will visit Borodyanka to have a meeting member of the city government.
  • Projects. Students will work in groups of up to 5 people with mentors to develop their own strategy for rebuilding and planning territories. Presentation of projects – August 12.


Training format: mixed – offlineonline. Online theoretical lectures and practical classes in Kyiv and Borodyanka.

Place: The Summer School will be held in Kyiv, at Kyiv School of Economics (3 Shpaka Street). A trip to Borodyanka is included.

Language: English/Ukrainian (English-language lectures and project presentations).


Application deadline: July 28

To apply, please fill out the form.


Participants from other cities can contact the organizers for financial assistance (travel or accommodation in Kyiv). We do not guarantee that we will help everyone, but we will try to help members who have serious financial difficulties.


School principles:


  • Respect for local context and residents. (i) Theoretical lectures during war cannot be superficial and detached from reality. The Summer school will feature local experts for professional discussions. Students will be able to communicate with representatives of local self-government and the local community, and also get real data. (ii) Students should propose their own reconstruction and planning projects based on both theory and local context.
  • Charity. The organizers of the Summer school do not earn from the Summer school. All organizers invest their resources in the organization of the education (working hours, premises, transport, communications).
  • Psychological safety. The experience of war and occupation is traumatic for all participants of the School. Before the start of school, we will conduct a briefing with professional psychologists of the National Psychological Association of Ukraine. Also during School, students and mentors can contact the hotline for psychological help.


Organizers and mentors at the Summer School:


  • Volodymyr Kadygrob,  founder, Method Büro, KSE President advisor
  • Daryna Pyrogova, sociologist, consultant in the field of development of cities and communities, ReStart Ukraine project / NGO Other Education
  • Vadym Denysenko, urban development expert, NGO “Urban Crew”
  • Ivan Verbytskyi, director, analytical center CEDOS
  • Yehor Vlasenko, urban development expert – MSc Urban Studies (2017), Malmö University; project coordinator, GIZ, “Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine II; visiting researcher, MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning (2019-20); program director, CANactions School for Urban Studies
  • Pavlo Peker, architect, founder of Peker & Partners Architects




Monday August 1


  • A history of planning: Leading ideas in planning (tba)
  • Planning theory: Towards collaborative planning (Gert de Roo)


Tuesday August 2


  • Urban planning from a justice perspective (Christian Lamker, RUG)
  • Design thinking for urban planners (Terry van Dijk, RUG)


Wednesday August 3


  • International Guidelines for Urban and Territorial Planning (Frank D’Hondt, ISOCARP)
  • Safeguarding the right to housing: an international comparison (Barend Wind, RUG)


Thursday, August 4


  • Adaptive water management
  • Learning from reconstruction elsewhere (Kobe Boussauw, – Universiteit Brussel – Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, VUB)


Friday, August 5 


  • Preventing energy poverty by investing in sustainability (Tijn Croon, Eric van den Ham, TU Delft)
  • How to strengthen local communities (Ward Rauws, RUG)


Saturday, August 6

  • Work in groups


Sunday, August 7

  • Day off


Monday, August 8


  • Dilemma’s in infrastructure planning: the infrastructure-land use feedback loop (tba)
  • Rebuilding after the war (Stefan Jankovic) 
  • The power of imagination (Peter Pelzer, UU)


Tuesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 10

  • Working on projects


Friday, August 12

  • Final presentation

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