Regional Development in Post-Crisis and Post-Global World

Regional Development in Post-Crisis and Post-Global World



The concepts of Smart and Intelligent Cities constitute a breakthrough in contemporary urban development and management. The Smart City notion has gained much popularity in the past years, but recently also the concept of Intelligent City – base on cognitive, learning and knowledge principles – has become en vogue. They prompted not also many debates but also many urban planning initiatives informed and influenced by rapid development of smart technologies and growing interest in digital transformation of public services. By presenting the most prominent challenges of these concepts and enabling technologies, participants will get an opportunity to understand and contribute to the challenges faced by modern cities and to explore more efficient solutions resulting from swift technology development and digital transformation initiatives in this specific context.

The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors, processes and challenges of regional and urban development and management in dialogue with international academic experts and practitioners. This will be achieved through lectures from leading academics and experts in the field.


During the course, the participants will obtain a profound understanding of the substance and usefulness of the most important concepts in urban development and smart city management, while they will also become part of a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to re-either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge regarding modern urban planning and management concepts. Among other things, the participants will learn about innovations in the planning and modelling practices of public services resulting from ongoing digital transformation initiatives and about current research related to social challenges of the Smart City concept.

At the end of the class the participant will be able to:

  • evaluate the current socio-economic issues facing cities
  • develop basic framework for analysing the knowledge base of the latest achievements on the role of infrastructure, institutions and innovations for cities
  • evaluate the fundamental smart city and intelligent city concepts
  • assess a number of conceptual and technological innovations stemming from digital transformation initiatives especially in terms of the appropriateness of such innovations for developing public policies and services


  • Upper-year undergraduates (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and smart city management)
  • Graduate students (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and smart city management)
  • Professionals with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and smart city management
  • Students in other applied fields wishing to improve their knowledge in the field


  • Participants are evaluated based on the assignment assigned to them on the second day of the Summer School.
  • Students wanting to acquire a mark equivalent to 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written 15 days after the end of the Summer School.