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Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course (Online) 'Global Leadership for the Future of Cities: Smart and Sustainable Cities'

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Welcome to the 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course – ‘Global Leadership for the Future of Cities:
Smart and Sustainable Cities’!

Keywords: Smart and Sustainable Cities, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), Drones, AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, Electronic Vehicles (EV), Micro-Mobility, Mobility as a Service, Shared Mobility, Low or Zero Emission, E-Commerce, Urban Logistics, Infrastructure, Planning and Regulations, Social and Ethical Issues

This course is designed to equip talented and advanced university students and professionals aspiring to high-level research or management careers with a critical knowledge of, and relevant leadership skills and experience for, the key areas involved in making urban development intelligent and sustainable.

Each year the course focuses on important areas and trends in smart and sustainable urban development. This year’s course will continue to focus on the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), including aerial drones. Such development is on the verge of revolutionising urban mobility with technical, management and business innovation which is transforming the movement of people, goods and services, promising more intelligent, efficient and cleaner transport, increased safety and accessibility, and economic benefits. It is estimated that by 2035 the market size of CAV globally will be worth £650 billion. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of CAV with soaring applications in major sectors such as logistics, healthcare, and retail.

The course is intended to help attendees to approach the development and implementation of CAV from an integrated and critical understanding which encompasses technology, policy, planning, risks and safety, ethical and socio-legal issues, and business and economic matters. It will examine the key drivers, opportunities, challenges, and impact of CAV.

Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the course engages attendees in interactive and participatory lectures and workshops taught by leading experts at the University of Oxford and other leading UK universities, and management personnel and practitioners from business and industrial sectors. It provides a global and comparative perspective on CAV with case studies, in order to explore innovative and sustainable practices that take into account economic, environmental and social aspects of CAV’s development.

To provide a balance between knowledge and practice, the course will present relevant challenges faced by local and global communities for the attendees to work on. The attendees will have the privilege of working under the guidance of experienced researchers and professionals to research and tackle these challenges.

All the attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities together with the course module sheet which attendees may use to apply for academic credits at their home institutions.

The courses have contributed to the success of our course alumni's applications for relevant postgraduate degree courses at the world’s leading institutions and for relevant internships and jobs at government institutions, NGOs, and business and industrial organisations in countries and regions such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, UK, and US.

Programme Title
'Global Leadership for the Future of Cities: Smart and Sustainable Cities'
Sunday 8th August 2021 — Tuesday 17th August 2021



Technological Innovation

Policy and Regulations

Infrastructure and Eco-system

Mobility as a Service

Economic & Business Case

Safety and Legal Issues

Social and Ethical Considerations


Public Speaking and Debating

Research Skills

Writing Skills

Project Management Skills

Sharing Sessions

Sharing of academic and professional experiences in relevant fields.


Research & Practice Projects

Guided and supervised by experienced researchers and professionals.


There will also be cultural & social activities that are designed to help attendees to experience British culture and get to know one another and the Oxford students involved in the course.


Our rights to make changes to the short course
We endeavour to deliver the short courses as they are advertised in our course promotional materials. In response to the need for improvement of the course, the availability of teaching staff, operational demands, and changing circumstances, we may make changes to the following aspects of the short course before and after the start of the short course: (1) the course date, schedule and timetable; (2) the course content and syllabus; (3) teaching faculty; and (4) the delivery method.