PINS9510 Site-specific Governance and Co-creation Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Site-specific Governance and Co-creation
PhD Programme in Innovation for Sustainability
5 stp.


This course will address sustainability from a regional and regional, urban and rural site-specific context. The focus will be on interdisciplinarity and co-creation in cities and regions. Co-creation integrates the interests of citizens and other stakeholders with innovative experiences in urban and regional settings such as city centres, neighbourhoods learning arenas, and local business clusters. The course will introduce candidates to the perspectives for critical analysing the roles these societal practices and processes have in achieving new ways of creating sustainable societies. Through socio- cultural innovation a ‘sense of place’ will be promoted by defining key performance indicators based on the salutogenic concepts of comprehensibility, meaningfulness, and manageability. Universal design is needed for including as many citizens as possible: In order to ensure participation from citizens, all digital tools facing general public should have good usability and accessibility. It means that the interfaces of these tools should be usable, efficient, and accessible despite of age, abilities, background, social or economic status. This connects to biological, material, and psychosocial factors that make it easier for people to perceive their life as coherent, structured, and understandable. The syllabus may be abbreviated and adapted to fit the interest of the participants of the course in cooperation with the supervisors.


The course will address the following, non-exclusive themes:

    • Smart cities
    • E- Participation and citizen science
    • Empowerment
    • Digitalization, materiality, and materials
    • The interplay between placemaking, place attachment and co-creation

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Completed Master’s degree (120 ECTS credits) or equivalent education level.


Completed Master’s degree (120 ECTS credits) or equivalent education level.


Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the candidates are expected to have gained the following learning outcomes.



The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge about risk, trust, and co-operative attitudes
  • knows the complex relationships of smart cities and environments
  • is in the research forefront of profession specific participation and empowerment
  • understands how identity is related to a sense of place
  • is familiar with land ownership and land use development.



The candidate:

  • can enable solutions through digitalization, materiality, and materials
  • can promote digital accessibility and universal design
  • can Integrate past, present, and future values in spatial planning


General competence

The candidate:

  • can contribute to urban and rural redevelopment
  • integrates citizen science in environmental planning

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures, group work, individual work, seminar, workshops. Individual approaches in accordance with the candidate’s core competence and project.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

Active participation in the seminars is necessary to adequately understand the course material and themes. Participation is therefore mandatory, and candidates are expected to attend all days of teaching and required to attend at least 80 percent of teaching days. In special cases of documented illness, the course leader may accept exceptions to this requirement. In these cases, lack of participation can be substituted with alternative arrangements such as active reading of the relevant syllabus literature. Course requirements are assessed as confirmed or not confirmed. The course requirement must be completed and confirmed within the given deadline in order to have the right to submit a final essay.

The course requirements are:

  • A plenary presentation on a subject decided in collaboration with the course lecturer.
  • A prepared opposition to at least one other presentation.
  • 80 % attendance is required. 

Vurdering og eksamen

Confirmed participation in the course and accepted final essay. 

  • Individual essay (4000-5000 words). The essay will discuss the most important theoretical aspects from the syllabus, with relevance for the candidate’s PhD project. Cover page, illustrations, and list of references come in addition.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All examination support material is allowed as long as source reference and quotation technique requirements are applied.




The final essay is assessed by the course lecturer and one other examinator. External examinators will be used regularly. The assessment of the essay is based on the learning outcomes for the course.


The course is primarily for PhD candidates. Unfilled places may be opened to applicants with a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent. Applicants must submit a summary (approximately one A4- sized page) containing information on their PhD project. The summary must be submitted before the deadline for Applications.