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Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP)


While each LUTP workshop is tailored to the unique learning needs and context of its audience, the program maintains a curriculum of case studies and group exercises used to facilitate discussion and interactive problem-solving around urban transport in developing countries. This learning approach recognizes that urban transport practitioners in developing countries have a wealth of practical experience and understanding that can be effectively tapped for peer-to-peer learning.

Self-study modules

The self-study phase is designed to provide foundational knowledge on urban transport while preparing participants to attend the LUTP workshop. The study content is organized in seven thematic clusters and each cluster comprises three to five modules. Each module has short texts and many diagrams, pictures, graphs and tables to make the learning easier and less tedious. On an average, each module will take about one hour to read.

Growing Problems of Urban Transport

Complexity of Urban Transport

Conceptual Framework for Urban Transport

Integration of Land Use and Transport Planning

Factors Influencing Travel Demand

Introduction to Network Design

Public Transport Systems Integration

Policy Issues in Urban Transport

The Role of Government in Public Transport

Institutional Arrangements for Urban Transport

Choosing Rapid Transit Alternatives

The Role of ITS in Public Transport

The Importance of Communications Marketing and Branding

Parking Planning and Management

Pedestrians and Transit Oriented Development

Pedestrian Environment and Non-Motorized Transport

Urban Freight the New Urban Economy

New Trends in Urban Transport

Financing Urban Transport Investments

Financing Urban Transport Services

Contracting Urban Transport Service

Energy Efficiency Issues

Climate Change Module

Road safety saving lives in cities

Gender Equality in Transportation

Mobility as a Service: Governing Innovation and Multimodality in Urban Transport


Case Studies

Case studies give participants experience in dealing with complex, real-world situations. Case studies provide curated background information to put participants in the role of decision-makers facing an urban transport problem or project (without giving any recommendation). In LUTP workshops, case studies leverage the fact that participants come from a diverse backgrounds to look at urban transport challenges and projects from multiple perspectives. After reading this background material, workshop facilitators lead participants through analysis of the situation from multiple perspectives and discovery of generalizable lesson to be learned from the case.

LUTP develops and delivers case studies under the guiding principles of Harvard Kennedy School’s Case Program for public policy dialogue. Click on any of the case studies in our collection listed below to learn more.

Group Exercises

City group exercises present the context of a city and its diverse set of issues. Groups are asked to prioritize the city issues and brainstorm on applicable short and medium-term solutions to improve the city livability. The city case group exercise is a valuable opportunity to apply what has been learned during the workshop and exchange with people with diverse backgrounds and skills. Groups are then invited to present their work and the recommendations they would give to city leaders.