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 asa 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

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    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

    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 organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society in twelve world cities bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts.

    He manages the Urban Age research efforts and recently co-authored ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy’ (2012), ‘Transforming Urban Economies’ (2012) and ‘The Global MetroMonitor’ (2010); and published the reports ‘Cities and Social Equity’ (2009) and ‘Integrated City Making’ (2008). 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
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

Academic director

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    Fran Tonkiss

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

    Fran Tonkiss is Reader in Sociology, and Director of the Cities Programme. She joined the Department of Sociology at LSE in 2004, and previously has taught at Goldsmiths College, and at the City University, London. Her research and teaching is in the fields of urban and economic sociology. Her interests in urban studies include cities and social theory, urban development and gentrification, urban divisions and public space. In economic sociology, her research focuses on markets, capitalism and globalisation, trust and social capital. Publications in these fields include 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 an editor of the British Journal of Sociology, and a member of the editorial board of Economy and society.

    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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