PhD course 2013 – University of Copenhagen

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04 April 2013

PhD course 2013

Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Unpacking Rural-Urban Connections:
Research Designs and Methodologies

This PhD course equips students with the necessary skills to plan and design research to understand the connections between processes of rural and urban transformation. Moving beyond the study of tangible linkages between particular rural and urban areas, the course explores how global dynamics, migration and legacies of rural and urban planning and change are connecting rural and urban transformations in specific ways. The course combines lectures, students’ paper presentations and focused writing workshops and is organized in close collaboration with the EU FP7 funded research project RurbanAfrica. Both junior and senior researchers from the project will assist in the training. However, the course is not only concerned with African contexts but also embraces research from Asia and Latin America.

Invited lecturers

Stephanie Barrientos, Professor in Global Development, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, specialization in global production, fair trade/ethical trade, and gender and experienced trainer for governments, international corporations, and NGOs.

Leo De Haan, Professor of Development Studies and Rector of International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, research focus on the developmental state, dynamics of migration, and conceptualization of rural and urban livelihoods.

Sue Parnell, Professor of Urban Geography, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences University of Cape Town, South Africa, Director of the 'CityLab' at the University of Cape Town (UCT) African Centre for Cities, specialist on African urbanization and rural-urban inequalities


10-13 July 2013


Danish Forestry College, Nødebo (North of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Credits: 5 ECTS

Organized by the Environment, Society and Development research group/
Jytte Agergaard, Associate Professor, e-mail:

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Section for Geography