Urban EcologySemester Course

Urban Ecology, semester program at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Sustainability, Urban Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

Demographic trends reveal that the proportion of people living in cities is increasing worldwide. The urban environment, the habitat on Earth with the densest population of humans, has catalyzed ecological and evolutionary changes in recent times. Explore which physical and biological factors drive the ecology of urban areas. Journey through the city landscape and examine the effect of human impact and a highly fragmented habitat for most of these organisms.

Copenhagen is in many ways a city not like other cities. One of the special features is the recreative use of the harbor with a range of sustainable initiatives. Also, a deliberate policy aiming for clean sea water has resulted in a change of biota. In this course we will look at Copenhagen harbor as a central case study. We will examine both conceptual underpinnings and the application of theory to practice to improve human welfare and environmental quality.


Inger Kærgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (Biology, University of Copenhagen, 2004). Project manager at the University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland working on government and EU funded projects. Worked for various NGOs on forest protection and sustainable development in Thailand, 2007, and Indonesia, 2010. Taught biology in upper secondary school and was involved in a program for sustainability education, 2010-2013. With DIS since 2014.