Becky Rafter
David Edwards
PUBP 4211
PUBP 6606
Spring 2022

In this course, students will learn the policy implications of Complex Adaptive Systems, which is how cities function as a series of networks, institutions, and systems. The course brings together urban planning, municipal management, and policy, which have not typically functioned together. Each class will feature a lecture and readings based on the topic of the class, as well as a guest speaker leading efforts at the government, nonprofit, grassroots, and corporate levels. Sustainable communities are paramount to thriving urban spaces, economies, people (especially frontline community members), leadership by and for communities, and the environment. Urban Policy/Urban Economic Development Policy uses a complex adaptive systems framework to discuss these issues and their barriers historically, nationally, and locally.

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