Centre staff

Executive

  • Ricky Burdett - photo

    Ricky Burdett

    • Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Global Distinguished Professor, New York University
    email
    r.burdett@lse.ac.uk

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. His research interests focus on the interactions between the physical and social worlds in the contemporary city and how urbanisation affects social and environmental sustainability. Professor Burdett was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 – 2014. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University as well as a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He is a judge in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and is a member of the Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition organised by US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Professor Burdett was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013).

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Philipp Rode - photo

    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    p.rode@lse.ac.uk

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design over the last 10 years. The focus of his current work is on green city strategies which includes the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Report. Rode recently co-authored ‘Cities and Energy: Urban Morphology and Residential Heat Energy Demand ‘ (2014), ‘Copenhagen Green Economy Leader Report ‘ (2014) and ‘Stockholm Green Economy Leader Report’ (2013) .)He has previously worked on several multidisciplinary research and consultancy projects in New York and Berlin and was awarded the Schinkel Urban Design Prize 2000.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Fran Tonkiss - photo

    Fran Tonkiss

    • Professor, Cities Programme, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    f.tonkiss@lse.ac.uk

    Dr Fran Tonkiss is a Professor in Sociology, and directs the Cities Programme. Her research and teaching is at the interface of urban and economic sociology, with key research interests in cities and social theory, urban development and design, urban inequalities and spatial divisions. Publications in these fields include Cities by Design: the social life of urban form (2013), Space, the City and Social Theory (2005), and Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (2006). She is the co-author of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (2001, with Don Slater), and co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (2000, with Andrew Passey). She is managing editor of the leading critical journal, Economy and Society.

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

Centre staff

  • Sobia Ahmad Kaker - photo

    Sobia Ahmad Kaker

    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.a.kaker@lse.ac.uk

    Sobia Ahmad Kaker holds a postgraduate degree in Global Politics from the LSE, and is now pursuing a cross disciplinary PhD in cities, infrastructure, and political violence at Newcastle University. Her project analyses ‘enclavisation’ as a process that is closely tied to crises of governance and security in megacities of the global south. She has extensive professional experience as a researcher on governance, conflict and disaster management in Pakistan. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Research and Security Studies, Pakistan. Her research interests and expertise include urban conflict and violence, governance and local and global security. She is working on a research strand focusing on Governing Risk and Uncertainty.

    Research projects
  • Andrew Altman - photo

    Andrew Altman

    • Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Cities

    Andrew Altman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Cities. He was recently the founding Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in London where he was responsible for leading the preparation of the post-games transformation of the 500-acre London 2012 Olympic Park – the largest regeneration project in the United Kingdom and Europe – into a new international growth centre. Prior to becoming Chief Executive for the Olympic Park, he was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning, and Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia.

  • Kiera Blakey - photo

    Kiera Blakey

    • BA (Hons)
    • MA
    • Programme Coordinator, Communications Assistant, LSE Cities, London School of Economics
    email
    k.m.blakey@lse.ac.uk

    Kiera Blakey is Communications Officer at LSE Cities having joined the team in 2012 as Programme Coordinator of the Theatrum Mundi research project. She holds an MA in Philosophy and BA in Fine Art. She is a freelance curator and has worked with the New Museum New York, British Museum, Camden Arts Centre and Letchworth Heritage Foundation, and regularly contributes to art magazines including This is Tomorrow. She is also founder and curator at Legion TV, a contemporary arts space in East London funded by the Arts Council England.

    Research projects
  • Hélia Costa - photo

    Hélia Costa

    • PhD
    • LSE Cities and Grantham Research Institute, LSE, Research Officer

    Hélia Costa is a research officer jointly at LSE Cities and the Grantham Research Institute. Her focus is mainly on urban climate adaptation, particularly on the project RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities). Her general research interests lie on the area of applied microeconomics, specifically in environmental economics and political economy.

    She has a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute, in Italy, and an MSc in Economics, Markets and Public Policies from the University of Minho, in Portugal. Previous to joining LSE she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

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    Emily Cruz

    • London Manager, Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities

    Emily Cruz is the London Manager of Theatrum Mundi, an LSE Cities research project and professional network of urbanists and artists in different cities. She is an experienced project manager specialising in publications, exhibitions, conferences and events and has delivered projects across architecture, urban design, art and photography. Previously she has worked as Publications and Events Manager for The Urban Age, in Liverpool Biennial’s development team and at the Architecture Foundation as Exhibition Coordinator. She holds an MA in Curating from the Royal College of Art.

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    Sarah Davis

    • BA (Hons)
    • FCCA
    • Management Accounts Coordinator, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.j.davis@lse.ac.uk

    Sarah Davis joined the Urban Age in June 2009. She manages and operates the finance activities of the programme, acting as accounts co-ordinator for all accounting and daily financial procedures, as well as providing accounting support to management. She has previously worked as an accountant for National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the Automobile Association (AA), Thorn EMI and Foster Wheeler. She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Reading and is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant.

  • Nuno Ferreira da Cruz - photo

    Nuno Ferreira da Cruz

    • PhD, MSc
    • Research Fellow, LSE Cities
    email
    n.m.ferreira-da-cruz@lse.ac.uk

    Nuno Ferreira da Cruz is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the Coordinator of the New Urban Governance project. Upon completing his M.Sc., and while working in the private sector, he won a Ph.D. Studentship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. After this, his research activities resulted in the publication of several journal articles on a wide range of policy issues, including local governance, transparency and sustainability indicators, performance measurement and benchmarking, management and delivery of urban services, public-private partnership arrangements, privatisation, and a number of interrelated topics. His latest research efforts have been focused on assessing the quality of local governance.

    As a consultant, Nuno has been a frequent collaborator of the Transparency International (TI) movement. Among other consultancy projects, he was responsible for developing several Local Government Transparency Indices. Moreover, he was the Principal Investigator responsible for piloting TI’s Local Integrity System (LIS) Tool in Portugal. Nuno has also been lecturing and convening training workshops related to both his research and consultancy efforts.

    Research projects
  • Graham Floater - photo

    Graham Floater

    • Principal Research Fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    g.floater@lse.ac.uk

    Graham Floater is a Principal Research Fellow and Programme Director of the Stern Programme on the Economics of Green Cities. With Philipp Rode he leads the research strand on Cities, Environment and Climate Change which includes Going Green and the Stockholm Green Economy Leader Report. He is Director of the Climate Centre, a group of researchers and consultants who specialise in the low carbon economy, and has been an adviser to the UK government on environmental policy.

    Research projects
  • Alexandra Gomes - photo

    Alexandra Gomes

    • MSc (Res)
    • MEng
    • Research Officer, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    a.peca-amaral-gomes@lse.ac.uk

    Alexandra Gomes is currently finishing her PhD at UCL Bartlett School of Planning in Urban Design and Spatial Planning where she was also a teaching assistant in sustainability, planning, urban design and research and learning modules. Prior to joining LSE Cities she also worked as a Research Assistant at The Bartlett School of Planning and Geography Departments at UCL. She holds an MSc (Res) in Sociology and Development Planning from ISCTE-IUL and a MEng in Urban Engineering from IST-UL (Portugal).In London she has previously worked in GIS at London Underground and TomTom. While in Portugal she worked in spatial planning, sustainable transport mobility and spatial analysis at CESUR IST-UL and as a development control planner for CCDR-LVT.

  • Adam Greenfield - photo

    Adam Greenfield

    • Senior Urban Fellow, LSE Cities
    email
    a.greenfield@lse.ac.uk

    Adam Greenfield is Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities, concentrating his research on the interaction of networked information technology with urban experience, and particularly on the implications of emergent technologies for the construction of public space and the right to the city. In 2010, he founded Urbanscale, a New York City-based practice dedicated to “design for networked cities and citizens.” Between 2008 and 2010, he lived and worked in Helsinki, as Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user interface design; and as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of Internet consultancy Razorfish. He is the author of “Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing” (2006), “Urban computing and its discontents” (2007, with Mark Shepard) and “Against the smart city” (2013), the last of which constitutes the first part of a forthcoming book entitled “The City is Here For You to Use”.

    Research projects
  • Peter Griffiths - photo

    Peter Griffiths

    • Researcher, LSE Cities

    Peter Griffiths has worked as a journalist and editor for over eight years. Most recently he served as an Associate Editor for a national television programme. Prior to this he worked as an Online Editor for a magazine looking at Africa’s political economy. He has significant experience in developing accessible narratives, social media, and technology and is currently completing an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the LSE.

  • Suzanne Hall - photo

    Suzanne Hall

    • BArch
    • MCPUD
    • PhD
    • Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.m.hall@lse.ac.uk

    Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer, and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include social and economic forms of inclusion and exclusion in the context of global urbanisation, where she currently focuses on the micro economies and spaces of urban migration. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in the context of rapid urbanisation in poor and racially segregated areas in Cape Town, and her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Suzi was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (2015-2017) for a comparative project on ‘Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’, which emerges out of her LSE Cities’ research project research on ‘Ordinary Streets’. She is a recipient of the LSE’s Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding Ph.D. research (2010) and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998-1999). Her research monograph, City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary, was published in 2012.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Catarina Heeckt - photo

    Catarina Heeckt

    • BA (Hons)
    • MSc
    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    c.l.heeckt@lse.ac.uk

    Catarina Heeckt joined LSE Cities as a researcher in 2012 and has since worked on a variety of publications in the Cities, Environment and Climate Change research stream including Going Green and the Stockholm Green Economy Leader Report, as well as helping with the organisation and research for the Urban Age conferences in London and Rio de Janeiro. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the LSE and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Development from McGill University in Montreal. She is also the course coordinator for City Making: The Politics of Urban Form. Before joining LSE Cities, Heeckt worked as a sustainability consultant in London and New York and on the Cities Team at the Carbon Disclosure Project. She is currently coordinating LSE’s input for the Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge.

    Research projects
  • Anna Livia Johnston - photo

    Anna Livia Johnston

    • BA (Hons)
    • Dip. Law
    • Administrator, Cities Programme, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    a.johnston@lse.ac.uk

    Anna Livia Johnston holds a degree in modern languages (Mandarin Chinese) from the University of Westminster and a Graduate Diploma in Law (City University). She has lived and studied in China and the US before joining LSE.

  • Jens Kandt - photo

    Jens Kandt

    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    j.kandt@lse.ac.uk

    Jens Kandt’s work focusses on the application of quantitative methods, including survey design and spatial analysis for urban geographical research. He is particularly interested in understanding dynamics of urban environments and their implications for people’s health, transport and mobility through comparative research designs. He is also a PhD researcher at the Department of Geography, University College London, where he studies urban health disparities through geo-spatial and socio-epidemiological methods. He holds an engineering degree in planning from the German University of Dortmund and has research and work experience in the UK, India, Germany, Ghana and Hong Kong.

    Research projects
  • Madeleine Lee - photo

    Madeleine Lee

    • BA
    • MPA
    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    m.lee13@lse.ac.uk

    Madeleine Lee joined LSE Cities in 2013 after completing her MA in Public Administration in International Development. She holds a B.A. in International Management and has worked previously with the German Development Agency. Her interests include the fields of disaster management, migration and urban planning policies. She is working on the RAMSES project quantifying the economic costs and benefits of urban adaptation to climate change and the Urban Age Conference 2014.

  • Francis Moss - photo

    Francis Moss

    • Information Designer, LSE Cities
    • MA Architecture, MSc City Design and Social Science

    Francis is an urban designer and architect with over 10 years experience. He has led research, communication and design projects that improve the sustainability and equality of urban developments. Working across public, private and academic sectors, Francis mixes tools and methods from various disciplines, including urban planning, economic development, photography, urban ethnography, sociology and geography. By combining quantitative and qualitative techniques he creates robust evidence, fascinating insights, accessible communication and innovative proposals for implementable policies and interventions.

    After studying architecture in Canada and working on a broad range of projects for reputable architecture firms in Switzerland and for David Chipperfield Architects in London, Francis completed his MSc City Design and Social Science in 2012. Since then he has led studies for the Greater London Authority, the Homes and Communities Agency, the London Legacy Corporation and the London Borough of Harrow often in collaboration with Marko and Placemakers, a design consultancy for liveable cities. Francis’ current projects include an employment land study for the Greater London Authority, intensification strategies for urban industrial estates, an augmented reality app for planning applications and information design for research and publications at LSE Cities.

  • Tessa Norton - photo

    Tessa Norton

    • MA
    • MA
    • Communications Manager, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    t.j.norton@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 7753

    Tessa Norton has over ten years’ experience of communications and publishing. Prior to joining LSE Cities she worked at the international NGO EveryChild, working on audience engagement, and leading and redeveloping the largest individual funding stream in the organisation. She is particularly interested in culture and public space, and holds a degree in Law from Cambridge University and an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck specialising in public and participatory art.

  • Anne-Fabienne Raven - photo

    Anne-Fabienne Raven

    • BA (Hons)
    • MA
    • MA
    • Urban Age Conference Manager, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    a.raven1@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 5256

    Anne-Fabienne Raven holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London, during which she focused on analysing the articulation of EU-China Intercultural Dialogue strategies and policies within the 2011-14 EU-China Trade Projects I, II & III. She recently worked as Festivals and Events Coordinator for Asia House’s Business & Policy and Arts & Learning departments, bringing to the public a range of established authors, diplomats, journalists, artists and business leaders to cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to the current developments of the pan-Asia region from Turkey to Japan, via the Middle East. She has been organising events for the last twelve years within the performing arts industry in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. Her specific areas of interest lie in issues of global and multilateral governance pertaining to sustainable development, climate change, economic and trade relations and conflict resolution.

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    Emma Rees

    • BA (Hons)
    • Executive and Admin Assistant, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    e.j.rees@lse.ac.uk

    Emma Rees joined LSE Cities in 2010 and provides support to the Centre Director and Executive Director as well as wide-ranging administrative support to the Centre as a whole. Prior to this she has worked in an administrative capacity at the NHS and the University of London. In 2006 she completed a BA in English and History at the University of Southampton and is now studying an MSc in Politics and Communications part-time at the LSE.

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    Andrea Rota

    • BA
    • MSc
    • Researcher, Web Developer and Operations Manager, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    a.rota@lse.ac.uk

    Andrea Rota joined LSE Cities in 2009 as web developer and operations coordinator, creating and developing the centre’s software web infrastructure to bring legacy content in line with modern web standards and to make new research easily accessible to a wide public as well as developing microsites for the Urban Age conferences. Since 2012 he has been creating interactive data visualisations for the web as a researcher in the Centre’s European Metromonitor project. He is currently an MPhil/PhD student in the department of Sociology at LSE, focusing on the material culture of the Internet in the everyday life of university students. Rota holds a BA in Philosophy (Milano, Italy) and a MSc in Methods for Social Research (Firenze, Italy).

    Research projects
  • Priya Shankar - photo

    Priya Shankar

    • BA (HONS) History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
    • MA Modern History from the University of Oxford
    • Research Officer, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    p.shankar1@lse.ac.uk

    Priya Shankar is Research Officer working on the research and outreach strategy on urban governance issues for the Urban Age 2014 conference to be held in Delhi. She also continues to act as Senior Researcher and Project Developer at the Alfred Herrhausen Society and previously was Senior Researcher at Policy Network where she most recently managed the Foresight project on globalisation, governance and rising powers. From 2006-2008, she conceptualised and managed the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, a traveling prize for grassroots initiatives in cities. Her writings have appeared in Internationale Politik, Global Policy, New Statesman, India Today, Times of India and Estadao São Paulo.

  • Andrew Sherwood - photo

    Andrew Sherwood

    • LLB
    • LLM
    • Centre Manager, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    a.sherwood@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 7706

    Andrew Sherwood has significant administrative experience within the Higher Education sector, having worked in programme management roles and more recently as European Institute Manager (LSE), before joining LSE Cities. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Centre’s activities. He holds an LLB Law (Kings College London) and an LLM Law, specialising in Public International Law (University College London).

  • Don Slater - photo

    Don Slater

    • Reader in Sociology, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Don Slater is associate professor at LSE Sociology and works with Mona Sloane and Joanne Entwistle on the Configuring Light Programme at LSE Cities. His research focuses on relation between culture and economy, ethnographies of new media and digital culture in the third world, and visual culture. Within Configuring Light, he draws on actor-network theory and material culture studies to investigate how light, as a material, is configured into social, technical and spatial forms. He is currently developing a comparative research project on urban lighting in the Global South.

    Research projects
  • Roxana Slavcheva - photo

    Roxana Slavcheva

    • BA
    • MSc
    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    r.s.slavcheva@lse.ac.uk

    Roxana Slavcheva is a recent graduate of MSc Urban Economic Development from University College London, where she gained practical experience for consulting projects commissioned by the Greater London Authority in the UK and Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Her dissertation concentrated on researching successful examples of economic development and low-carbon strategies in eco-cities. This interest in the intersection of environmental and economic sustainability led her to join the LSE Cities’ New Climate Economy project, focusing on climate finance and green economy best practices around the world.

    She holds BAs in Economics and International Relations from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has worked for various non-profit organisations focusing on tackling inner-city challenges, as well as for international affairs institutes.

  • Mona Sloane - photo

    Mona Sloane

    • BA (Hons)
    • MSc
    • Programme Coordinator, Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    M.Sloane@lse.ac.uk

    Mona works on the Configuring Light/Staging the Social research programme as programme manager and researcher. Based at LSE Cities, she develops new projects for Configuring Light and runs the programme’s wide range of activities. She is also a PhD candidate in LSE Sociology where she holds an LSE scholarship and works and publishes on the sociology of design and urban planning, material culture and aesthetics and economic sociology. Mona holds an MSc in Sociology from the LSE and has a background in communication and cultural management.

    Research projects
  • Nikolas Thomopoulos - photo

    Nikolas Thomopoulos

    • Research officer, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    n.thomopoulos@lse.ac.uk

    Nikolas Thomopoulos is Research Officer on the New Climate Economy project. His research interests include the socio-economic and business impacts of ICT for transport, the review of economic and environmental assessment methods and the evaluation of urban and regional development plans. Prior to joining LSE he was lecturing and researching at the University of Leeds. He has acted as reviewer for several transport journals and as a member of the Expert Evaluation Panel of COST action project proposals. He studied economics at the University of Macedonia in Greece, then acquired his MSc in environmental policy from the University of Oxford and later completed his PhD at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds where he was also a Marie Curie EST fellow.

  • Savvas Verdis - photo

    Savvas Verdis

    • PhD
    • Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.verdis@lse.ac.uk

    Savvas Verdis is a senior research fellow at LSE Cities and an infrastructure economist at Siemens. He currently manages the Executive Education programmes of LSE Cities, which include tailored in-house courses for private and public organisations and week-long programmes for senior and mid-career professionals. He previously worked in the advisory service of LSE Cities and led the research of the ninth Urban Age conference in Rio de Janeiro. He has consulted numerous city and national governments on their urban infrastructure strategies in countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. He has taught on the LSE Cities Programme since 2001 first with Richard Sennett and David Frisby and now co-convenes a course on urban project evaluation with Philipp Rode. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Rankdesk, a property rating website for residential investors. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.

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