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Urban planning jobs: What you need to know

By Antoine Remise16 September 2009

This 2008 urban rehabilitation project in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, illustrates the need for smart urban planning. Photo by: David Coutelle/EuropeAid

Finding a good position as an urban planner in the developing world has become quite tricky. At least, it is not as easy as it used to be.

Half a century ago, an architecture degree may have landed you a job in urban management, according to Alain Bertaud, an urban planner with 30 years’ international experience.

“Today, it is not possible anymore,” he remarked.

Urban planning is a versatile and open discipline dealing with numerous issues including housing, transport, access to services, land development, and the environment. To be successful in this area, the key is to be an expert in one of those urban issues.

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Antoine Remise

Antoine joined Devex as a fellow and now serves as our international development correspondent based in Paris. He holds a bachelor's in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and a master's in development administration and planning from the University College in London. Antoine has conducted researche for development projects in Chile, Senegal and Uganda, notably on education, health, local saving systems and housing issues. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish."


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