Màster Interuniversitari en Polítiques i Planificació per a les Ciutats, l'Ambient i el Paisatge (PPCEL)



Coordinadors d'estudi

Dra. Anna Ribas


Tel. (+34) 972 418 714

Dra. Mita Castañer


Facultat de Lletres

Campus Barri Vell

Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1

17071 Girona

Tel. 972 418 213

Fax. 972 418 117



Module 1:Planning and management of cities, territory and landscape


3501MO2776Impact and adaptation in human activity, territory and landscape

Teaching Staff: Gabriel Jover, Rosa M. Fraguell,Josep Pintó, Anna Ribas, Isabel Salamaña, Josep Vila i Mita Castañer

First, the basis for sustainability strategy will be analyzed. Second, as the central module, the current situation, impacts, adaptations and short-term reorientation of strategies and policies by different economic sectors will be analysed as well: agriculture, industry and tourism. Thirdly, this analysis will be applied to the city, territory and landscape. Finally an approach to a new model of regional development will be tested taking into account the conditions defined in the beginning of the module.



Module 2:Planning techniques and practices


3501MO2777Fundamentals of GIS

Teaching Staff:Albert Llausas i Carolina Martí

Study of GIS basic applications. We work on data acquisition process (data sources, standards and interoperability between format files), techniques of creation, manipulation and presentation of geographic information (graphic and alphanumeric), and geoprocessing tools (vector model) for the spatial analysis of environmental issues and planning.


3501MO2778GIS extensions to Environmental Analysis

Teaching Staff: Diego Varga

Responsible environmental management is needed to address environmental change. Scientists and environmental managers use GIS to study the environment, report on environmental phenomena, and model how the environment is responding to natural and man-made factors. We work on spatial analysis techniques (raster and vector models): from design and create databases to solve environmental problems from multi-criteria, three-dimensional, geostatistic, and network analysis to modelling.



Module 3:Studio on environment projecting and management


3501MO2779Workshop: Instruments for the adaptation to climate change

This subject should be seen as an interaction between the three core subjects. Preferably, it should be taught intensively at the end of the first semester. From the exposition of a real environmental problem and the formulation of a range of thematic issues interrelating social, natural issues and environmental vectors, students, organized in interdisciplinary groups, will analyze each element, project phase and impact that play at the complexity of the studied environmental change.

3501MO2780Adaptation instruments for urban, territorial and landscape planning

The aim of this subject is to know and analyze the rules and tools of urban, territorial and landscape planning existing in Catalonia and Spain. These will then be assessed from both the environmental and the climate change viewpoint, allowing for a comparison with the experience of other European and Mediterranean countries. Once the analysis and valuation will affect the proposed concurrent planning.


3501MO2781Multivariate analysis of environmental data

Teaching Staff: Emili García-Berthou i Josep Daunis.

Introduction to multivariate analysis. Fundamentals and application of linear models. Non linear relationships and transformations. Generalized linear methods and logistic regression. Classification and ordination methods: principal component analysis and simple and multiple correspondence analysis. Cluster analysis: hierarchical and partitioning methods. Introduction to R software.



Module 4:Workshop on environment and landscape planning


3501MO2782Workshop on environment and landscape planning

Teaching Staff: one teacher of each one of the universities

From a real territorial/environmental problem set in a real space, the students will work in groups interacting with the social, economic and environmental agents involved. The aim is that students are able to diagnose the problem and devise adaptation actions from appropriate strategy and planning tools. For the duration of the workshop students will be located in a place of study. It would be interesting, that on occasion, the workshop could work together with students from other master.



Module 5:Urban policies and environmental change


3501MO2783Impacts on the environment in urban areas

Teaching Staff: Emma Cebrián, Laura Llorens, Dolors Verdaguer, Pere Pons, Maria Roldan, Rosa Araguas, Emili García-Berthou i Núria Roura-Pascual

The concept of ecological disturbance and changes in disturbance regimes related to global change. Biological invasions. Wildland fires. Habitat destruction. Effects of climate change on species distribution. Changes in the carbon balance of ecosystems. Prevention and management of environmental changes. Restoration of disturbed ecosystems.


3501MO2784Scientific basis of environmental change

Teaching Staff: Josep Calbó, Elena Roget, Francesc Casamitjana, Joaquim Fort i Josep-Abel González

The course starts with a description of the climate system that considers its constituent elements and the factors affecting it, including feedbacks, energy balance, greenhouse effect and ocean circulation. It continues with the treatment of spatial and temporal variabilities, climatic scales and extreme events, towards the study of the Anthropocene, the causes and evidence of climate change, the effects on the environment, for example on water resources, land degradation and desertification, and the climate change in Europe and the Mediterranean. Attention is also paid to climatic modeling, regionalization of the simulations, scenarios and projections.







Module 6:Territorial planning and management


3501MO2785Adaptation and mitigation. Geopolitical dimensions and public instruments of regulation

Teaching Staff: Isabel Salamaña, Joan Vicente i Joan Nogué

The subject tries to place the political and geopolitical dimensions of the main strategies and actions that can be considered in the boarding of the mitigation/ adaptation to the environmental change. The limits of the action of the states and the operating capacity of global institutions/ meetings. For each scale of government, the available public instruments are analyzed.


3501MO2786Tools for Conservation Biology

Teaching Staff:Pere Ponsi José L. García

Assessment and priorities in Conservation Biology: criteria and conservation indices. Tools for in-situ management of biodiversity; goals, planning and techniques for habitat management. Methods of ex-situ conservation.



Concept of biodiversity. Origin, maintenances and loss of biodiversity. Analysis at different levels of organization: genetic, organisms and ecological. Methods of analysis and classification of biodiversity. Spatial and temporal dimensions of biodiversity. Importance of diversity and endemicity. Human impact on the loss of biodiversity: specific examples.

3501MO2788Fauna: adaptation and management

Teaching Staff: Josep M. Bas, Margarida Casadevall i Marta Muñoz

Morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptations of the marine, terrestrial and freshwater fauna to environmental changes. Fauna anthropogenic impacts; effects on individuals and populations. Examples showing adaptive responses of the fauna to human activity. Presentation of case studies of management and control.


3501MO2789Energy management

Teaching Staff: Josep Calbó, Josep-Abel González, Lino Montoro i Joaquim Pérez

Basic genetics principles for the description of plant and animal diversity and their current distribution. Laboratory and statistical genetic methods to analyze plant and animal adaptions to climate change, and to assess the genetic effects of human actions in living organisms. Assessment of different strategies for conservation of genetic resources under sustainable development and climate change based on case studies.



Module 7:Environment, infrastructure and urbanism(Universidade de Lisboa)

3501MO2877Planning and transport policies

3501MO2878Communications Systems and transport

3501MO2879Territorial policies and administration

3501MO2880Urban sustainability

3501MO2881Avaluation and management of projects and plans

3501MO2882Economic analysis applied to planning

3501MO2883Laboratory of urban and territorial planning and design


Module 8:Planning and environmental policies: design and implementation
(IUAV di Venezia)

3501MO2884Planning, environmental and information laws


The course assumes a basic knowledge concerning urban law and the government of the territory. The first part of the course will be devoted to a reconstruction of the state and regional background of the themes of: the concepts of territorial government and the urban environment and power; landscape’s guardianship, relevant local public services. The issues of law governing the territory will be dealt with specifically in the retraining urban legislative bodies. About Environmental Law will discuss EIA and IEA, environmental certifications. Finally, it will analyze more specific issues relating to public transport, processing production activities.



3501MO2885Process planning and evaluation processes

The course aims to provide an updated framework, in a changing moment like this, the various models of evaluation and all debate that accompanied both at the state and community levels in relation to their application. Particular attention will be devoted to plans and programs derived from EU structural funds.


3501MO2886Economic and political environment


A first training objective is to identify the issues with respect environmental policies are involved. A second objective seeks to acquire the ability to choose the appropriate environmental policy instruments with respect to a wide range of criteria and involved with public and prevalence of innovative practices. The third objective concerns the acquisition by the student of knowledge about the evaluation and accounting costs relating to environmental and landscape related impairment / loss functions. Finally, and more generally, it is expected that students acquire an awareness of the difference between policies related to mitigation or prevention, the importance of local strategies, savings and respect for resilience.


3501MO2887Laboratory of policies


The aim is to develop skills and knowledge through a process analysis -policy Inquire- understands public policies exploring theoretical contexts, actors, interactions, tools and results of a prospective project. The survey work will require student participation in defining the research instruments and the construction and management of information, experimentation with different forms of representation and communication of knowledge. The idea is to bring into play the professional and technical skills of the students but also the experience of citizens, users.



Module 9:Projects and policies for landscape(UNISS)

3501MO2888Planning and policies for the landscape

The objective is to improve the environmental requirements of the projects to the city and territory. Landscape as a possible way of studying the area as a place where you can still recognize the public dimension with space and in this sense incorporates formative potential. Educational activities focus on the landscapes that define the areas of marginal economy (eg rural areas, not in the most attractive coastal areas), areas characterized by significant environmental dynamics, the population density is low and is configured as a potential resources for the city.

3501MO2889Landscape design

3501MO2890Decision making proceses and systems

3501MO2891Urban ecology

At the end of the course the student will have the necessary elements for the analysis of the structure and function of the ecosystem in an area of both urban, agricultural or industrial character. From this analysis, the student will be able to develop the best strategies for regeneration and functional recovery of various ecosystem processes, particularly those related to water.

3501MO2892Urban design

In light of the profound transformations of the territory and the resulting multiple forms from urban areas characterized by fragmentation and dispersion, the design is often in very heterogeneous conditions. The course aims at improving the knowledge and skills useful to address the issue of the construction and regeneration of the city by recognizing that, properly selected for the project environmental and urban structures, will assume a formal role in address multiple forms of the contemporary city.

3501MO2893Landscape archeology


Module 10:Professional training works


3501MO2894Professional training works


Professional practices from businesses or institutions in order to provide the student with work experience in the areas of specialization of the master in a professional environment. The activity of the student will have applied and usually containing entail participation in a project or planning study. The practices will be monitored by the course coordinator or teacher thereof, in close contact with the professionals of the company or institution mentioned To monitor the Placement will assign each student a board member Professor studies as academic tutor master. The tutor will guide the student in selecting the square and keep regular interviews with him before and during the implementation of the practices. In turn, the company or institution shall appoint a person as a guardian of the student in the company, which is responsible for assigning tasks and track the student's work. Both tutors will be in touch and exchange information to ensure compliance with the academic goals of the internship (see more detailed information about the organization, monitoring and evaluation forms in paragraph 5.1.3 of the Report of the Master.




Module 11: Final master’s project


3501MO2895Master’s thesis


The Master's Thesis can be a project, an essay, a research paper, a case study or other original document prepared by the student that reflects the concepts and skills acquired by the student during the Masters and oriented evaluation competencies associated with the degree. This work will be led by a master teacher and concludes with the public defence in court, which evaluated and graded. The TFM is done individually, but when the complexity, difficulty or warrant interdisciplinary work can be done in a group, in this case must be authorized by the coordination of the master. The student will propose a topic to develop, to be approved by the academic board of the master. Coordination of masters may suggest a list of topics among which are under investigation by the research groups involved in the Masters, and they proposed. In any case, the course coordinator will assign a director of Master Thesis each student, which will be a related master teacher of the subject to be developed.