The Student City: Strategic Planning for Student Communities in EU Cities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Student City

Strategic Planning for Student Communities in EU Cities, 1st Edition

By Leo van den Berg, Antonio Russo


345 pages

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Student communities are without doubt a strategic resource for urban development and students are the citizens and the high-skilled working class of tomorrow. They are seen as an 'invisible population' with little say in local policy and decision-making. Co-operation between educational institutions and city planners is often missing and cities tend to neglect the universities' foreign relations. This volume argues that the importance of human capital in the competitiveness of cities demands pro-active, integral city policies targeting this community. Bringing together nine case studies of European cities (Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Munich, Lyon, Lille, Venice, Birmingham and Helsinki), it puts forward a comprehensive strategic plan of action, aiming at the integration of student communities in urban development. The book analyses the essential characteristics of the relationship between students and their host communities, as well as the role of higher education institutions and other actors in building the 'student friendly' city.


’…will interest researchers and policy makers in the fields of town planning, urban renewal, higher education and community relations.’ European Sources Online

Table of Contents

Contents: Background issues and research methodology; Birmingham case study; Eindhoven case study; Helsinki case study; Lille case study; Lyon case study; Munich case study; Rotterdam case study; Utrecht case study; Venice case study; Comparative analysis and policy guidelines; Annex: list of discussion partners; References.

About the Authors

Professor Dr. Leo van den Berg and Dr. Antonio Russo undertake research at the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (EURICUR) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

About the Series

EURICUR Series (European Institute for Comparative Urban Research)

EURICUR Series (European Institute for Comparative Urban Research)
The European Institute for Comparative Urban Research, EURICUR, was founded in 1988 and has its seat with Erasmus University Rotterdam. EURICUR is the heart and pulse of an extensive network of European cities and universities. EURICUR's principal objective is to stimulate fundamental international comparative research into matters that are of interest to cities. To that end, EURICUR co-ordinates, initiates and carries out studies of subjects of strategic value for urban management today and in the future. Through its network EURICUR has privileged access to crucial information regarding urban development in Europe and North America and to key persons at all levels, working in different public and private organizations active in metropolitan areas. 'EURICUR closely cooperates with the Eurocities Association, representing more than 100 large European cities. As a scientific institution, one of EURICUR's core activities is to respond to the increasing need for information that broadens and deepens the insight into the complex process of urban development, among others by disseminating the results of its investigations by international book publications. These publications are especially valuable for city governments, supra-national, national and regional authorities, chambers of commerce, real estate developers and investors, academics and students, and others with an interest in urban affairs.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban