Executive group


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    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

    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).

    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

Executive director

Academic director

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    Fran Tonkiss

    • Professor, Cities Programme, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

    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.

    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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