Short Course Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Building knowledge and skills to face slums: learn how to make cities work better for everybody in this 1 month post-graduate course.

Description of Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization


Building knowledge and skills to face slums: learn how to make cities work better for everybody in this 1 month post-graduate course.

What are the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation? Land management is the basis for creating a viable alternative to households that have little choice but to resort to slums. Participants will learn to develop upgrading strategies to improve slums, and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation. The course derives from international case studies and is intensive in nature and innovative, demanding a proactive attitude from participants. They are engaged in a number of learning environments that comprise lectures, practical exercises, case study analysis, role-playing games, video films discussions and controversial policy debates.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 September
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2750 Module (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2750 Module (EEA)

The tuition fee for this programme is 2,500 Euros excluding travel, literature 75 Euros, insurance 36.50 Euros, visa and living costs. Cost of living in Rotterdam is about 870 Euros a month (including costs of accommodation).

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 5 ECTS
Duration full-time 1 days
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Entry Level Bachelor

Course Content

Existing informal settlements need to be regularised and upgraded but their growth urgently needs to be decompressed, therefore an adequate land management scheme is called for.

This should create tools and strategies that enhance and scale up the supply of adequate serviced land that is accessible for all, particularly to the poor. Land management is the basis for creating a viable alternative to households that have little choice but to resort to slums. Because housing cannot be dissociated from land a sound housing policy needs to begin with a sound preventive land policy.

  • Module 1 Module 1 explains why land plays a key role in the development of cities, why it has become central to the formation of slums and how it impacts the production of settlements as a whole. It brings the economic perspective into informal land occupation, including understanding the impact of markets, and has a strong focus on policy evaluation, criteria for selection and development. The module provides not only with understanding but also helps improve skills in policy making.
  • Module 2 Module 2 explains why property rights are central to land, why there is a wide variety of tenure systems, and how this interacts with the way the poor have access to shelter. It brings the legal dimension into land management and offers an in depth discussion regarding alternative land rights paradigms. This module enhances the ability to handle legal frameworks related to informal settlements, regularisation programmes, and development of new instruments.
  • Module 3 Module 3 explains what are the alternative institutional and programme management aspects, what are the opportunities that should be considered and what is the role of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), the private sector, governmental and knowledge-based institutions and funding agencies. The module emphasises on the implementation aspects of remedial as well as preventative programmes.
  • Module 4 Module 4 enhances the discussion of specific case studies. Although reference to them is made throughout the course, participants are given the opportunity to present their experience, discuss it and apply knowledge learned during the course. It includes site visits to Dutch cases to get practical evidence on how poverty and dilapidated neighbourhoods are dealt with in The Netherlands.


Lecturers from IHS; UN HABITAT and fellows of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, USA

English Language Requirements

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advise you to

take an IELTS test.
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Requirements for Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization

In order to participate in this short course (LMISR) you should:

  • Have at least a Bachelor’ degree from a recognised University or similar institute.
  • If you did not complete a Bachelors degree in English you must show certificates with relevant test results
  • Have at least three years of work or academic experience relevant for the course.

Work Experience for Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization

No work experience is required.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international knowledge workshop for critical thinking and academic training, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care.