Master's in Global
Smart City Management

Dual Degree


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One academic year (60 ECTS)




With live virtual classes


Enrollment period opened
Start: November 2022

The new urban models must be conceived with more respect towards the citizens and the planet.

This program trains profiles of various backgrounds to become professionals with the ability to provide transversal coherence to all the initiatives and projects of a city, from a smart and sustainable approach.

Learn the necessary skills to enhance your comprehensive professional development in the globalized sector of the Smart Cities.

This program trains to design, develop and improve goods and services, to know and learn how to move in the new markets and to take advantage effectively of the business opportunities that rise with this new paradigm.

Academic Content

Block 1
Smart Cities Global Agenda

M1. The new urban agenda.
M2. Financing and funding the smart city.
M3. Citizens, data and decision-making.

Block 2
Application of New Technology and Sustainability

M4. Connectivity and networks.
M5. Efficient, secure and rights-friendly digital management.
M6. Humans vs Machines: myths, realities and future developments.

Block 3
Strategy, Partnerships, Data and Financing

M7. Built environment and Mobility.
M8. Sustainability in the smart city.
M9.  Resilience and external influences.

Master’s Final Thesis


In the Final Master Thesis, the students will propose a subject, an object of work within the framework of the areas studied in the different subjects of the master’s program. The work will consist of the development of a Smart City project applicable to some urban transformation process, contemplating the objectives pursued, its design, the actors that intervene, its scheduling, the economic valuation, the financing, the implementation, the expected results, and its subsequent evaluation, all that according to the instructions that will be provided throughout the program.

Academic Partner

KNOWURBANNET was founded as a knowledge network to face the changes that the urban ecosystem will go through in the next few years. Founded in 2017, it is a driving group, a scientific community with more than 30 experts, which seeks solutions to the challenges that urban communities must tackle in the 21st century.

Job Opportunities

Urban Planning

Services & Operations

Enterprises & Startups

Urban Technology
and Digital Solutions

Project Management

Smart City Consulting

Academic Directors

Chris Dymond

Digital transformation strategist, facilitator, project manager and
innovation specialist with over 30 years of experience in digital and Internet

Co-founded Sheffield Digital, which works to develop the city’s digital technology ecosystem. He is also a director of the Sheffield University Technical Colleges Multi-Academy Trust, which operates three schools for 13-19 year olds offering specialist technical education alongside traditional subjects. He is an Associate Consultant for Smart Societies at Perform Green, and a non-executive board member of The Developer Academy, a digital skills training company. Chris is also an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, where he teaches Digital Design and Innovation at Master’s level.


Xavier Izquierdo Vilella

Technical Architect.

He is currently the President of the think tank Knowurbannet for the development and structuring of knowledge for the implementation and management of urban transformation processes and Smart Cities and collaborates with various companies in the private sector to advise on the strategic implementation of Smart Cities.

Dr. Tetiana Paientko

Professor at the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.

She is also a certified auditor and a forensic accountant. Former positions include professor at the National University of State Tax Service of Ukraine, tax advisor and managing partner in audit companies, and CFO in construction companies. For the last four years she has worked as a country expert for EU Cross Border Cooperation programmes, providing support to national authorities.

Barney Smith

Expertise in Sustainable Development, Innovation, Technology and Executive Leadership.

Has held many senior roles in the public and private sectors: as a Commercial and Digital Director (including as CIO of a UK Government Department), Major Programmes Director, interim CEO and as a Non-Executive Director for a Digital Innovation Agency as well as providing independent Board assurance. Barney has been a regular panel member and speaker at conferences internationally spanning Smart Cities, Smart Health, Industry 4.0, Future Society and Infrastructure Investment. Barney has advised national and international institutions including the UK Cabinet Office, EU Commission and OECD over the past two decades.

Janet Acheson

Account CTO at Ericsson

Janet was the first woman to graduate with a first class honours degree from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her expertise in cellular technologies was built up over 24 years working for Ericsson in a wide range of roles linked to the design, deployment and optimisation of cellular networks for leading global CSPs.

Julian Tait

Co-founder and director of Open Data Manchester CIC

Julian is the co-founder and director of Open Data Manchester CIC, a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2010 that works to create a fairer world built on responsible and intelligent data use, in Manchester and in other cities around the World. He is a significant figure in the UK Open Data movement, and Open Data Manchester has been responsible for a number of pioneering projects over the last decade.

Dr. Albert Mubako

Senior Systems Application Products consultant

Albert co-founded and leads The Institute for Digital Business Strategy. He has taught and facilitated various Strategic Information Systems,Digital Business Modelling, and IoT courses In leaving a legacy of integrated advanced strategy e-business management and disruption he continues to consult on global systems projects and advises on insightful business success in the digital era.

Tim Woolliscroft

Multi-disciplinary researcher

Having originally studied urban planning as an undergraduate and sociology at masters, Tim gained his PhD from Sheffield Hallam University by researching “smart health communities”, focussing on how digital technology can improve healthcare efficiency and enable better support for cancer patients. He has been a member of Sheffield’s smart cities community for many years and is highly experienced in citizen engagement, user research and service design. Citizen engagement expertise has been gained from community development roles as well as academic study. His teaching and design approaches are informed by a career in the arts.

Eduardo Martinez Gil

Manager of the Smart Cities Unit at Minsait- Indra

Graduated in Political Science and Public Administration and Higher Technician in Computer Systems and Networks Administration. In the strictest sphere of Public Administration, he has worked, among others, for the Council of the European Union or for UPF University in Barcelona.  He is currently the manager of the Smart Cities Unit at Minsait- Indra. In addition, he is a visiting professor for the UPC and the USAL, and the coordinator of a Smart Technologies, Mobility and Big Data program for entrepreneurs led by the Government of Catalonia. Finally, he is the coordinator of Smart and innovation projects at ESDi (Higher School of Design), attached to Ramon Llull University.

Nacho Alamillo

General Manager of Astrea

Nacho is a specialist in cryptography, contract drafting and negotiation, and best practices in digital identity management. He is a researcher for the iDerTec digital innovation group at the University of Murcia, and is the General Manager of Astrea a consultancy specializing in electronic signature and cryptography, particularly as it applies to eGovernment and eCommerce, Nacho is also involved in international standard-setting in digital identity and cryptographic management.

Sam Chapman

Co-Founder, Director and Chief Innovation Officer of The Floow

Sam is also a self-confessed data geek focused on making mobility smarter, fairer and safer. In 2012 this inspired co-founding The Floow now a world leader in vehicle telematics and analytics powering global brand name products on five continents. Sam’s work remains future focused where data and insights can improve mobility including wide collaborative research work supporting: local governments, old age mobility, autonomous vehicle deployments, government technical working groups, UK/EU legislative reviews for road safety technologies, road safety, urban pollution, AI and data ethics.

Becki Clark

Net Zero and Sustainability Consultant

Becki has over 12 years’ hands-on experience in sustainability consulting, ranging from managing and delivering decarbonisation programmes in client organisations focused on improving efficiency; delivering sustainability targets; and engaging with planning smart energy. She has facilitated programmes to improve sectors including food and drink manufacturing, traditional heavy manufacturing, farming and agriculture, local government and tourism and recreation. She has a background and academic qualifications in environmental sciences.

Robin Weininger

Managing Director Global Institute of Leadership and Technology

He is also an Advisory Board Member at Zigurat Innovation and Technology Business School in Barcelona, a lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the International School of Management. Robin is a member of the advisory board of several EU-funded innovation projects under the H2020 framework. The World Economic Forum recognised Robin as a Global Shaper in 2015 and as a European Digital Leader in 2017.

Guillermo Corral

Master Architect (University of Zaragoza, 2020)

Specialised in Urban Design and Landscape, and Master’s Degree in Global Smart City Management (Zigurat Global Institute of Technology, 2021). Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, and working in an architectural and urban design practice, actively involved in residential urban schemes.

Jordi Pascual

Project Manager at Circle Economy

Jordi is a project manager at Circle Economy, a strategic agency based in Amsterdam, where he manages circular economy projects for client cities.

Eduardo Alvarez

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Business Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

He is engaged in research and teaching around mobility, logistics, urban infrastructure and planning. He is also a research affiliate of Campop – The Cambridge Group for the History of Population & Social Structure at Cambridge University in the UK.

Jordi Teixidó

PhD in Economics and Max Weber Fellow (2015) from the European University Institute in Florence</span

Lecturer at the University of Barcelona, where his main work is research on issues of climate economics and environmental policies (understanding the distributional impacts of climate policies and applying experimental causality techniques in order to scientifically assess the effectiveness of specific environmental policies).

Albert Mateu

CEO & Partner at Green Bending

Albert is an Industrial Engineer and holds an MBA. He is CEO & Partner at Green Bending, a business development and consultancy firm that helps to launch startups focused on cutting-edge technologies, mostly related to environmental, sustainability, energy efficiency for Cities and large corporations. He is also the co-founder of the International Pneumatic Waste Collection Association (IPWCA).

Daniela Idrovo

Coordinator of management, communication and fundraising at La Dinamo Fundació

Implementation of the security infrastructure plan in the City of Guayaquil. Undersecretary of Planning at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. PhD in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation from UPC.

Emily Griffiths

Data Governance Manager at the University of Manchester

Emily is a data governance and privacy expert who works in the health field as Data Governance Manager at the University of Manchester, and Data Protection Officer at The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. (She used to be a data protection manager for Public Health England, which is the capacity she was in when I first met her 5 years ago). She also knows a lot about freedom of information requests and the rights that citizens have to query their own data.

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International Weeks, our Global Networking

Admission Process

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The Alumni platform, specially designed for you, provides all the resources to help complement your technical and personal profile. By becoming part of the Zigurat community, you will benefit from all the synergies that will be generated around you to push your professional growth.

Wael Alswaitti

Architect (Technical Manager) at Arch.Centre Consulting Architects & Engineers
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

“It was a perfect chance to develop both my personal and professional experience by interacting with a class group of other nationalities.”

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