General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Urban Innovation
Language English
Module lecturer dr Joanna Morawska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 20


Module aim (aims)

The aim of this module is to discuss the modern innovation processes with a focus on urban development. New types of urban innovative practice will be discussed as Living Lab, crowd mapping tools, citizen science and other co-creative and co-designing approaches related to sustainable development. The practical aim of this module will be to prepare the concepts for innovative urban projects that will have in focus the Sustainable Development Goals priorities. Students will not only get a theoretical insight into the current urban developments in terms of innovation but will also acquire new practical skills through the learning by doing approach. The course ends with students presentations and a joint reflection on future directions in cities development.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The course is open to any discipline and practical background, though skills in team work, communication or project management experience will be helpful.


Week 1: Theoretical introduction to modern innovation systems, new types of innovation, Industry and Society 5.0 concept, United Nation Agenda 2030

Week 2: Review the current urban innovation project – a case study presentation

Week 3: Working on innovative urban project part 1. (defining the problems, the scopes and aim, main stakeholders and main risks associated)

Week 4: Working on innovative urban project part 2. (defining the main tasks, the schedule and the main outputs and outcomes as well as possible impact)

Reading list

Vilalta, J.M., Jové, N., Gómez V., Cayetano, M. (2020), 2nd GUNi International Conference on SDGs: Higher Education & Science Take Action. Barcelona. Available at www. JPI Urban Europe library available at: United Nation Sustainable Developent Goals platform

Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future (pp. 50-53). Sozialforschungsstelle, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund.