Governing board


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    Paul Kelly

    • Pro-Director and Professor of Political Theory, Directorate, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Paul Kelly joined the LSE in 1995 after teaching for five years at the University of Wales Swansea. Prior to that he held a visiting research fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School and at the Bentham Project, University College London. He graduated from York University with a First in Philosophy and an MA in Political Theory. His PhD is from the University of London, where he spent two years at LSE and a further year at UCL. He is currently editor of the Journal Utilitas. Professor Kelly’s research focuses on: British political theory from the Seventeenth century to the present, especially the political philosophies of John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, Liberal Political Philosophy, especially the work of Ronald Dworkin and Brian Barry, Multiculturalism, group rights and national identity, equality of outcomes and equality of opportunity and theories of social justice.

Board members

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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
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    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
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    Thomas Matussek

    • Managing Director, Alfred Herrhausen Society

    Thomas Matussek became Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society in 2013, after 37 years in the Diplomatic Service. In the late 1970 he worked for Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on European affairs. After postings in New Delhi and Lisbon he became head of the Private Office of Foreign Minister Genscher and Chief of Staff of Foreign Minister Kinkel. After five years as Deputy Ambassador in Washington he became Director General of the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2001 he organised the Petersberg Conference on Afghanistan. From 2002 to 2006 he served as German Ambassador to the Court of St James’s in London, from 2006 to 2009 as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and from 2009 to 2011 as German Ambassador in New Delhi.

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    Rahul Mehrotra

    • Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

    Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning, and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, as well as a member of the steering committee of Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. His practice, RMA Architects, founded in 1990, has executed a range of projects across India. These diverse projects have engaged many issues, multiple constituencies and varying scales, from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation and planning. As Trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), and Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR) both based in Mumbai, Mehrotra continues to be actively involved as an activist in the civic and urban affairs of the city. Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation and urban planning. He has written, co-authored and edited a vast repertoire of books on Mumbai, its urban history, its historic buildings, public spaces and planning processes. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture and currently serves on the governing board the Indian Institute of Human Settlements.

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    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
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    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 since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities which includes co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Report. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 organised Urban Age conferences in over a dozen 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 ‘Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and heat energy demand’ (2014), ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy’ (2013), ‘Transforming Urban Economies’ (2012) and ‘The Global MetroMonitor’ (2010). 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
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    Richard Sennett

    • Chair of the Advisory Board, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
    • University Professor of the Humanities, New York University

    Richard Sennett is a sociologist and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His research interests include the relationship between urban design and urban society, urban family patterns, the urban welfare system, the history of cities and the changing nature of work. He has served as a consultant on urban policy to the Labour party and is a frequent commentator in the press. His books include The Craftsman (2008) The Culture of the New Capitalism, (Yale, 2006), Respect in an Age of Inequality, (Penguin, 2003), The Corrosion of Character (1998), The Fall of Public Man (1996), Flesh and Stone (1994). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Society of the Arts, and the Academia Europea. He is past President of the American Council on Work and the former Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Recent Honors and Awards include: The Schocken Prize, 2011, Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University, 2010, The Spinoza Prize, 2010, The Tessenow Prize, 2009; The Gerda Henkel Prize, 2008; The European Craft Prize, 2008; The Hegel Prize, 2006.

    Research projects
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    Nicholas Stern

    • IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and head of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He held previous posts at universities in the UK and abroad, as well as at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, where he was Chief Economist at both institutions. Lord Stern was Head of the UK Government Economic Service 2003-7, and produced the landmark Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. His most recent book is A Blueprint for a Safer Planet (2009).

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    Ute Weiland

    • Deputy Director, Alfred Herrhausen Society

    Ute Weiland has been the Deputy Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, Deutsche Bank’s international forum, since 2007. In 2004 she became a member of the Executive Board of the Urban Age conference series at the London School of Economics.

    In 1997 she co-founded the Erich Pommer Institute for Media Law and Media Management at the University of Potsdam and was its deputy managing director until 2003. Born in former East Germany she graduated from the Academy of Music in Weimar. After unification she became chief of staff to the Secretary of State for education in Saxony. Ute Weiland is a member of the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange of the Bertelsmann Foundation and young leader of the Atlantik Brücke.

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