Online Short Term Certificate Course on "Spatial Dynamics,Urban Transportation & Planning"


Course Description 

Presently more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and expected to double its size by 2050. These cities viewed as engines of growth, yet the pace and scale of urbanization brings challenges. However, this process can contribute to sustainable growth if managed well. Over the years, we have witnessed how cities play a crucial role in tackling climate change and seen to be at the forefront of managing epidemics such as COVID-19. Each city is unique, so are their experiences. However, the spatial dynamics of these diverse urban settings is yet to be emphasized in the policies and solutions adopted in several countries of the world. Transportation impacts urban life and policy issues linked with questions of sustainability, hence sustainable transportation becomes crucial to attainment of sustainable development. Against this backdrop, this course will help learners develop a holistic understanding of urban transportation and planning from the spatial perspective. Participants will learn core concepts necessary to comprehend the theoretical context and the recent advances in urban transportation studies. Lectures will cover major issues such as urban land use-transportation relation, urban mobility, impact of COVID-19 pandemic on urban transport and mobilities, transport externalities and the question of Sustainable Development Goals, Big data and urban transportation planning. In addition, the course will also familiarize learners with urban freight transportation and its management that has become critical in recent times. The course offers an engaging two-way learning platform where participants will also be given a chance to share their knowledge via a case study prepared by them. In addition, guest lecture(s) of experts from India and Canada will be organized to help participants gain from diverse perspectives. The extended knowledge on the topics of urban transportation, management and sustainable development expected to serve the diverse pursuits of students, researchers, academics, and interested stakeholders.

Course Highlights

  • Holistic understanding of urban transportation and planning 
  • Knowledge of urban diversity and evolving transportation needs
  • Analytical insights into the urban land use-transportation relationship
  • Learning about different modes of transport in cities and the significance of public transport systems for sustainable cities
  • Conceptualize urban mobilities and their types. Discussions on the nature and characteristics of passenger and freight mobility in urban areas
  • Familiarization with the concept of urban freight transport and its management
  • Introduction to the recent advances in city logistics 
  • Deliberations on urban transport externalities and Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Critical analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban transport and mobilities 
  • Reflections on the planning approaches and the question of sustainable transport 
  • Introduction to Big Data and transportation analysis 
  • Case study-based discussions 
  • Guest lecture(s) by experts from India and Canada

Course takeaways

  • Holistic understanding of urban transportation, planning and its spatial dynamics
  • Develop knowledge, critical thinking and ideas
  • Learning of international practices in urban transportation planning
  • Understanding of sustainable transportation and practices
  • Knowledge and skills to independently undertake teaching and research on urban transportation 
  • Opportunity to build professional network
  • Opportunity for Indian and Canadian participants to generate new and collaborative ideas for future grant opportunities offered by SICI and other future endeavors

Course Director

Dr. Purva Yadav, Assistant Professor of Geography at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her interests focus on spatial dynamics of the economy and recently published a book on Geographical perspectives on international trade under the series Springer Briefs in Geography. She is a visiting faculty at the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), an Institute under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. She received the Shastri Mobility Grant to work on Urban freight. Read more

Who can attend

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduates
  • Doctoral & Post-doctoral Fellows
  • Junior faculty members
  • Working professionals

Date of Commencement:   May 27, 2023     Time:  7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (IST)    

Class Mode: Online  Frequency:  2 hours class (Every Saturday and Sunday)      Duration of course: 2 Months

Registration Link:

Course Fee 

  • Early Bird offer: 10% discount on the course fee for registration on or before April 30, 2023.
  • For a discount on Group registration of 5 persons and above contact,

SICI's Indian member institutions- 3,999 INR             
Non-member institutions- 5,999 INR  

Faculty/Working Professionals 
SICI's Indian member institutions- 4,999 INR  
Non-member institutions - 6,999 INR  

SICI's Canadian member institutions-100 CAD       
Non-member institutions-200 CAD 

Faculty/Working Professionals 
SICI's Canadian member institutions-200 CAD 
Non-member institutions-250 CAD 

Bank account details for making payment


Name of the Account holder: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute                                  
Address of the Accountholder:
5, Bhai Vir Singh Marg New Delhi 110001
Name of the Bank: Indian Overseas Bank
Address of the Bank Branch: 70, Golf Links, New Delhi 110003
Type of Account: Savings
Account No. 026501000009532
IFSC code: IOBA0000265
GST: Not Applicable

Beneficiary Name: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Beneficiary Address: 1418 Education Tower, 2500 University Dr. NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Bank Name: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Bank AddressCIBC Place - Bankers Hall - Box 2585, 309 - 8th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 2P2
Institution No: 010
Account No.: 46-01416
Bank Transit: 00009
Swift Code: CIBCCATT


  • One online test will be conducted by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute at the end of this Course using 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Those who successfully clear the course evaluation will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Cancellation Policy

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute reserves the right to cancel the course with prior notice, if the minimum number of registrants required is not met. In case of cancellation, a full refund of the fees will be paid to the registrant.

Contact details

Ms Reshma Rana Verma
Programme Officer

Ms. Meenakshi Malhotra
Assistant Programme Officer-Administration