The Next Metro Economy: Confronting the Persistent Challenges of Cities

Panel discussion hosted by LSE Cities

This panel discussion will foreground issues of urban inequality and poverty, and how the ‘next urban economy’ has the potential to address these issues. While the Global Metro Summit will focus on the economic significance of cities, and how the qualities of cities position them to lead us out of the current recession, this panel will focus on ways to ensure that these benefits can be more widely shared.

The format will be interactive. Each panel member will discuss the primary factors within their respective areas of expertise (urban educational systems, municipal government law) which contribute to poverty and inequality. We also hope they will offer some prescriptions for decision-makers for overcoming these challenges and moving the economy toward more equitable outcomes.

Please join us over lunch in a free-flowing and lively discussion addressing the issue of how a sustainable, global, and productive metro economy has the potential to lessen the material and social inequalities of vulnerable households and neighborhoods.

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  • Andrew Altman

    Andy Altman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Cities and former Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation 2009-2012.

  • Alan Berube

    Alan Berube is Senior Fellow and Research Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

  • Gerald Frug

    Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

  • Pauline Lipman

    Pauline Lipman is Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Karen Mossberger

    Karen Mossberger is Professor of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Xavier Nogueras

    Xavier Nogueras is President of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

  • Nik Theodore

    Nik Theodore is Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Michael A. Pagano

    Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago