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Executive Programme on Sustainable Urban & Regional Infrastructure Planning (LSE-PS)

A training programme for National and Regional leaders from the Government of Peru.




Short film about the programme Short film about the programme
Learn more about the programme and hear from participants and faculty

The LSE Cities Executive Programme on Sustainable Urban & Regional Infrastructure Planning (LSE-PS) is part of a knowledge transfer programme of a Government-to-Government (G2G) agreement signed between the Republic of Peru and the Government of the United Kingdom to supports the reconstruction of critical infrastructure affected by the El Niño phenomenon in 2017.

The UK Delivery Team (UKDT), responsible for overall coordination and management of the G2G agreement, was tasked with developing a knowledge transfer component within the reconstruction process led by the Autoridad de Reconstrucción con Cambios (Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (ARCC)) – Peru’s government entity responsible for the delivery of crucial infrastructure reconstruction projects. The UKDT partnered with LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to design a tailor-made six-month training programme the “Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Planning” (LSE-PS), which was delivered to over 350 public officials from the Peruvian Government in late 2021 early 2022.

The training programme set out to build the technical capacity of ARCC and other stakeholders in implementing concepts of sustainable planning across all reconstruction projects that are part of the G2G agreement, and to empower them to apply new frameworks and become more creative and inclusive in the decision-making process for future infrastructure projects in Peru.

The programme fosters sustainable thinking across all projects within the reconstruction process and provides participants with a comprehensive analysis of the issues related to infrastructure development, with emphasis on the importance of long-term urban and regional strategic planning and how this can lead to important co-benefits and synergies that can improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of projects.

The course enables participants to:

  • Understand the importance and effectively communicate the principles of sustainable planning for resilience in flood mitigation projects
  • Conceptualise the integration of sustainable planning concepts into flood mitigation projects and their relationship to water security, land use, people mobilisation, public health and well-being, and the effects of climate change;
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the environmental, social, and economic co-benefits associated with strategic and integrated urban and regional planning and understand how these benefits can be maximised;
  • Identify areas of improvement for federal and regional policies, analysing existing plans to drive the implementation of sustainable practices at the regional and local level.

Watch a summary film to hear more about the programme from the co-directors and participants.

Read a blog post Building Knowledge Legacies about the programme.


Course outline and capacity building events

Online Course

  • 17 Modules of online learning and 4 live sessions equivalent to 34 hours. These modules address issues of urban and regional planning, sustainable construction, urban sanitation, green and blue infrastructure, population emergency preparedness and response, among others.

Capacity building events

  • 1 national event with an engagement of high-level policymakers, including invited international experts/policymakers.
  • 3 workshops with main stakeholders to follow-up and further dive into topics of interest discussed during the national event.
  • 2 regional events focussing on local challenges of sustainable planning and flood mitigation projects.

Project Team

Management Group
Philipp RodeProgramme Co-Director, LSE Cities
Savvas Verdis, 
Programme Co-Director, LSE Cities
Catarina Heeckt, Programme Coordinator, LSE Cities
Anna Zucchetti, Course facilitation and lecturer, LSE Cities
Martin Cornejo-Presbitero, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities
Catalina Duarte, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities


Programme Team

Philipp RodeProgramme Co-Director, LSE Cities; Savvas Verdis, Programme Co-Director, LSE Cities; Catarina Heeckt, Programme Coordinator, LSE Cities; Anna Zucchetti, Course facilitation and lecturer, LSE Cities; Martin Cornejo-Presbitero, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities; Catalina Duarte, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities.


Project Partners

Autoridad de Reconstrucción con Cambos  (ARCC); Government of the Republic of Peru; Government to Government (G2G); United Kingdom Delivery Team (UKDT); British Embassy in Peru 

October 2021 – April 2022