Global Sustainable City-Regions II

Global Sustainable City-Regions II: Stockholm, Berlin, Kolkata, Abu Dhabi/Masdar, Bengaluru, Belfast, Hong Kong, Seoul, Helsinki and Scotland

This policy report about the 2nd Edition 2016-2017 of the MSC in Global Sustainable Cities, entitled ‘Global Sustainable City-Regions,’ covers the work developed jointly by the lecturer, Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, as the editor of the publication and students/participants of the second edition of the MSc from September to December 2016 at the Institute for Future Cities in the Business Faculty at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland – UK).

Specifically, this policy report follows a two-sequential-module structure:

  • The first module, entitled ‘Global Cities: Sustainability and Society,’ consists of six methodological units.
  • Thereafter, the second module, entitled ‘Public Policy, Governance and Strategic Change in Cities,’ consists of five methodological units.

The policy report focuses on three urban global issues in a comparative basis. The MSc was developed in a team-based dynamic by applying qualitative action research methodologies to understand and interpret each case and to benchmark and contrast with other cases that addressed the same global urban issue.

The cases were selected jointly by the lecturer and the students/participants in a dynamic process in order to achieve a suitable selection of cases that would allow them to:

  • arrange groups around one specific global urban issue,
  • compare cases around the same specific urban issue, and
  • produce a full case study by applying the two-sequential-module methodology.

As a result, the following three global urban issues and seven Global Sustainable City-Region case studies were selected. Each student/participant worked on each of them, as follows:

Transformative Smart Cities:

  • Stockholm by Melissa Candel
  • Kolkata by Dalia Hui
  • Masdar by Omar Islam
  • Bengaluru by Seema Issar
  • Seoul by Nattharucha Piamsawat

Changing Social Innovation:

  • Berlin by Laura Fritsche
  • Belfast by Laetitia Lucy
  • Hong Kong by Rebecca Seraphine Mueller
  • Helsinki by Venla Riekkinen
  • Glasgow by Rhona Morven Sampson




Calzada, I. (Ed) [Candel, M., Fritsche, L., Hui, D., Islam, O., Issar, S., Lucy, L., Mueller, R., Piamsawat, N., Riekkinen, V. & Sampson, R.] (2017), Global Sustainable City-Regions: Stockholm, Berlin, Kolkata, Abu Dhabi/Masdar, Bengaluru, Belfast, Hong Kong, Seoul, Helsinki and ScotlandTranslokal – Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy Making – Publishing, Donostia in collaboration with City Protocol Society & Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde


Institute for Future Cities. University of Strathclyde


Dr Igor Calzada MBA (ed.), Melissa Candel, Laura Fritsche, Dalia Hui, Omar Issar, Laetitia Lucy, Rebecca Seraphine Mueller, Nattharucha Piamsawat, Venla Riekkinen & Rhona Morven Sampson

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