Environmental Planning at EiABC



The PhD Program in Environmental Planning is the first such doctoral program in its field in Ethiopia. It is backed by a Master Program in Environmental Planning & Landscape Design.The Program addresses a wide range of environmental issues such as air quality, habitat conservation, solid and hazardous waste, water quality, and natural resources.  It responds to the national realities of fast urbanization and industrialization and harmonizes these developments with a sustainable socio-economic and eco-friendly development.

  1. Improving the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthy, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations
  2. Integrating the public sector urban planning with the concerns of environmentalists to ensure sustainable development of natural resources.
  3. Educating future advisors, educators and decision makers who will lead, support and advance interdisciplinary training, research and consultancy in the field of environmental planning.


The multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary three-year program focuses on:

General Environmental Planning

  • Regional Planning
  • Environmental Policy
  • Economics of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Assessment
  • GIS & Remote Sensing

Environmental Planning of Built Environment

  • Urban Environmental Planning
  • Urban Environmental Management

Environmental Planning of the Natural Areas & Working Landscapes

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Sustainable Utilization
  • Soil & Water Conservation

Research Component

Independent and collaborative original research forms the core of the program. The research is project-based and application oriented.

Study Component

A PhD Seminar and complementary courses such as electives, and soft skills courses are mandatory components of the program.

Cooperation Partners

German Partner Institutions

  • University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)
  • University of Hannover

Support of German partner universities:

  • Block teaching
  • Co-supervision of PhD candidates
  • PhD Program accreditation
  • Reference books and technical equipment
  • PhD dissertation examination
  • Student and staff exchange
  • Financial contribution

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the world’s largest educational agency, provides financial assistance for the PhD Program.

Local key partners

  • Environmental Science Program (AAU)
  • Dept. of Geography & Env. Sciences  (AAU)
  • College of Development Studies (AAU)
  • Institute of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Ministry of Works & Urban Development
  • Addis Ababa City Administration
  • Oromia Regional State

Responsible Chairs

Environmental Planning & Landscape Design

Ecosystem Planning & Management


Director Graduate Studies

Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development

Addis Ababa University

P. O. Box 518

Addis Ababa. Ethiopia

Phone: +251(0)112 76-76-03

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