Budapest cool: history and hipsters join forces, resulting in one fantastic, evolving city

Great piece on a great city – thanks Jen – hope you don’t mind me re-blogging!

The Urban Observer

In 2005 I moved to Budapest, to study in the Masters of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) programme at Central European University (CEU). More than 10 years on, MESPOM was one of the best decisions of my life. Studying with 50 students from 35+ countries meant that every lecture followed in international reflection. I learned as much from my fellow students as I did from the coursework and my professors – and certainly my adopted city Budapest.

Budapest (population 1.75 million) is the Hungarian capital. It sits at the centre of Europe, divided by the mighty Danube River. It is a mesmerizing city, a beautiful city, a historic city, a complicated city, a changing city. So many memories took place in this beautiful historic complicated place that I hold close with a smile…


In May 2016 I returned to Budapest for CEU’s Department of Environmental Science and…

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Author: Andy Nolan

An experienced director-level professional with expertise in sustainable development, cities, universities, governance, policy and strategy. 15 years of experience working in the field of sustainability in both the private and public sector. Has worked within a local authority, in multi-authority partnerships locally and nationally. Experience in higher education across four universities in the UK plus representative bodies. Particular areas of interest and expertise include; energy; transport; climate change; waste management; air quality; decentralised energy; education for sustainability; smart cities; knowledge transfer; research.

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