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
    • Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
    email
    r.burdett@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. Burdett was Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 2014 and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics (where he was involved in the selection of designers for many of the Olympic venues) and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. 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 editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). Burdett acts as an adviser to national, regional and local governments on urban issues, and has worked with private companies and architectural practices on the development and framing of urban projects. He was involved in the design competitions for Tate Modern, the Laban Centre, BBC projects in Broadcasting House, White City and Glasgow; the Royal Opera House Open-up project, NM Rothschild & Sons Headquarters in the City of London, the Golden Mede development at Waddesdon, the MAXXI Centre in Rome, the new Integrated transport system in Jeddah and the redevelopment of Penn Plaza in New York City.

    Research projects
    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
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    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
    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
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 6601

    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 joined LSE Cities in 2013 to advance research on Urban Uncertainty. She contributed to the collaborative research project by developing a case study of insecurity and urban life in Karachi, Pakistan. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban residents, governors, and policymakers govern everyday uncertainties through various socio-spatial practices and with what political outcomes. Sobia’s work on urban uncertainty is influenced by her orientation as an interdisciplinary urban studies scholar, and her previous experience of developing research on global south urbanism in Pakistan and the UK. Sobia holds a PhD in Architecture, Planning and Landscape from Newcastle University, where she completed her project titled ‘Enclaves as Process: Space, Security, and Violence in Karachi’. Her PhD develops a nuanced analysis of enclaves as dynamic urban spaces that operate with complex urban systems to re-produce inequalities, marginality, and disjunctive forms of citizenship in ways that intensify patterns of violence and victimisation in the city. Sobia is also currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her research interests include urbanisation, urban socio-spatial relations, urban politics, governance, and conflict.

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  • Nicole Badstuber - photo

    Nicole Badstuber

    • MSc
    • Researcher, New Urban Governance project, LSE Cities
    email
    N.Badstuber@lse.ac.uk

    Nicole Badstuber joined LSE Cities in 2015 to on the New Urban Governance research programme, where she is supporting the investigation of the system of urban transport governance in London. Nicole is also pursuing a multi-disciplinary PhD at University College London which is a comparative study of different cities’ governance structures and institutional arrangements for transport provision. Her PhD sits within in the policy stream of the Engineering and Physcial Sciences Research Council sponsored research programme Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Societal and Planetary Wellbeing. She holds a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering having specialised in transport planning and policy.

    Alongside her work at LSE, Nicole works as a Research Officer on the Government Office for Science’s Foresight research programme on the Future of Cities. Nicole’s previous places of employment include University College London, the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

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  • John Bingham-Hall - photo

    John Bingham-Hall

    • Researcher, Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities
    email
    J.Bingham-Hall@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44(0)20 3486 2884

    John Bingham-Hall, an urban researcher with a degree in music and Master’s in architectural studies, as well as professional experience in cultural programming, joined LSE Cities in 2015 to develop Theatrum Mundi’s program. His interest is in the urban public, both physical and mediated, and the modes of communication, cultural production, performance and civic society that form it. He is part way to completing a Built Environment PhD at the Bartlett, UCL, with funding from the EPSRC, concerned with local communication practices and particularly neighbourhood blogging and social media. Past research supported by the AHRC has focused on public art, and is due to be published in 2015 as a book chapter in Routledge’s The Everyday Practice of Public Art. Outside of academia John has worked with the Architecture Foundation on temporary use projects, devised and run a free public arts program as part of place-making in Kings Cross and been commissioned by Nike to produce a map of London encouraging walking in the city. He is also a keen communicator of ideas about cities and has undertaken independent research and writing for Wallpaper* Magazine, Monocle and the London Society Journal.

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  • 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
    • Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
    email
    r.burdett@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. Burdett was Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 2014 and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics (where he was involved in the selection of designers for many of the Olympic venues) and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. 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 editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). Burdett acts as an adviser to national, regional and local governments on urban issues, and has worked with private companies and architectural practices on the development and framing of urban projects. He was involved in the design competitions for Tate Modern, the Laban Centre, BBC projects in Broadcasting House, White City and Glasgow; the Royal Opera House Open-up project, NM Rothschild & Sons Headquarters in the City of London, the Golden Mede development at Waddesdon, the MAXXI Centre in Rome, the new Integrated transport system in Jeddah and the redevelopment of Penn Plaza in New York City.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Hélia Costa - photo

    Hélia Costa

    • PhD
    • LSE Cities and Grantham Research Institute, LSE, Research Officer
    email
    h.costa@lse.ac.uk

    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 - photo

    Emily Cruz

    • London Manager, Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities
    email
    e.m.cruz@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 6972

    Emily Cruz is the London Manager of Theatrum Mundi (TM), an LSE Cities research project and professional network of urbanists and artists in different cities. The network consists of visual and performing artists, architects and planners, film-makers and photographers, writers and scholars whose shared aims are to understand the culture of cities and to experiment with ways of creating them. Emily coordinates the monthly TM Network conversations and delivers all TM outreach projects such as the ideas competition Designing the Urban Commons. Previously she has delivered projects across architecture, urban design, art and photography – including publications, exhibitions, conferences and events. She has worked as the Architecture Foundation’s Exhibition Coordinator; as Publications and Events Manager for the LSE’s Urban Age project and in Liverpool Biennial’s development team.

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  • Sarah Davis - photo

    Sarah Davis

    • BA (Hons)
    • FCCA
    • Management Accounts Coordinator, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.j.davis@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5155

    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
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 6546

    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, corporatisation, privatisation and public-private partnership arrangements, and a number of interrelated topics. His latest research efforts have been focused on network urban 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. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Urban Affairs Review.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Robin Finlay - photo

    Robin Finlay

    • BA
    • MA
    • PhD
    • Researcher, Super-diverse streets project, LSE Cities
    email
    R.Finlay@lse.ac.uk

    Robin Finlay is currently finishing his PhD in human geography at Newcastle University where he was also a teaching assistant in social and cultural geography modules. Robin is an urban geographer and his research interests lay in the intersections of migration, culture, economics and urban space. For his PhD, he investigated how the Moroccan diaspora in Granada, Spain have transformed urban space, imbuing it with new meanings and practices, and conversely, how the spatiality of Granada engenders distinctive diasporic identity formations, senses of belonging and spatial practices. He is recipient of an ESRC 1+3 Award and Newcastle University’s Miller Prize (2011) for the best overall performance in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Science research masters modules. Robin also has policy oriented research experience, working as a quantitative research officer in the Migration and Borders Analysis team at the Home Office. As a result of his quantitative research experience, Robin has an interest in how big data and statistics can contribute to ethnographic research. He holds an MA in human geography research from Newcastle University and BA (hons) in Spanish and Tourism studies from Northumbria University. At LSE Cities Robin is working as a researcher on the ESRC funded comparative project titled ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’.

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  • Graham Floater - photo

    Graham Floater

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

    Graham Floater is former advisor to the UK Prime Minister and senior official at HM Treasury. He has served under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Graham’s research interests include international trade, market analysis, finance, and smart cities. He currently co-directs the NCE Cities Programme for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and is a Sherpa on the European Commission’s Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities. His varied roles have included deputy director and senior advisor to the Prime Minister on economics and climate change, Head of European Economic Negotiations at HM Treasury, Private Secretary to a Cabinet Minister, trade official at the European Commission, and lead EU trade negotiator in the World Trade Organization. Graham was appointed to head two major Prime Ministerial Reviews on trading, investment and climate finance, led the creation of the UK’s $2 billion Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, and oversaw the influential Stern Review Team, acting for Lord Stern as advisor to President Barroso of the European Commission.

    Graham holds an MA in natural science (first class) from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in population statistical modelling.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • 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 a research officer and responsible for coordinating LSE Cities’ spatial analysis across a range of projects. She is currently finishing her PhD at UCL Bartlett School of Planning in Urban Design and Spatial Planning where she has also been a teaching assistant in sustainability, international planning, urban design and research and learning modules. At LSE Cities she has worked on the New Climate Economy project, Urban Age Delhi conference and Data section and is currently part of the RAMSES project funded by the European Commission. 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.

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  • Peter Griffiths - photo

    Peter Griffiths

    • BJourn, MSc
    • Editorial Coordinator/Officer, LSE Cities
    email
    p.griffiths@lse.ac.uk

    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 recently completied an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the LSE.

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  • Suzanne Hall - photo

    Suzanne Hall

    • BArch
    • MCPUD
    • PhD
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate, LSE Cities, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    s.m.hall@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 7056

    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
    • Projects and Education Coordinator, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    c.l.heeckt@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5524

    Catarina Heeckt joined LSE Cities as a researcher in 2012 and has since worked on a variety of publications including Going Green, the Stockholm and Copenhagen Green Economy Leader Reports and Innovation in Europe’s Cities – a report on the Bloomberg Philanthropies European Mayors Challenge. In addition, Catarina has been closely involved in the organisation and research for the Urban Age conferences in London, Rio de Janeiro and Delhi over the past three years. She acts as the course coordinator for both the LSE Sociology course ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’ and the LSE Executive Summer School short course ‘London and Global Cities’.

    Catarina 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. Before joining LSE Cities, Catarina 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.

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  • 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
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 6828

    Anna manages the MSc City Design and Social Science and looks after the MSc and PhD Cities students.  She is editor of the Cities Programme and Department of Sociology webpages, co-ordinates events and manages two other Master’s programmes for the Sociology Department.

  • Tessa Jowell - photo

    Tessa Jowell

    • Professor of Practice, LSE Cities; Department of Government

    Former Olympic Minister and Culture Secretary, Dame Tessa Jowell MP was recently appointed as a Professor of Practice working with LSE Cities and the Department of Government on a range of academic and outreach initiatives.  She will stand down from UK Parliament at the next election in May 2015, having served as an MP for the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992.

  • Jens Kandt - photo

    Jens Kandt

    • Researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    j.kandt@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5452

    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 linking spatial statistics and social theory to understand dynamics of urban environments and their implications for transport, mobility and people’s health. He is also a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography, University College London, where he develops cross-disciplinary methods to study the character and evolution of urban health disparities. 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.

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  • Julia King - photo

    Julia King

    • Researcher, Super-diverse streets project, LSE Cities
    email
    J.King7@lse.ac.uk

    Julia King is an architectural designer and researcher on the ESRC funded project ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’, led by Dr Suzanne Hall at LSE. She is also faculty at the Bartlett School of Architecture and at the Architectural Association in parallel to running a research and design practice addressing low income housing and sanitation infrastructure, urban planning, and participatory design processes in developing countries. She has won numerous awards including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), SEED Award for ‘Excellence in Public Interest Design’ (2014), short listed for the World Design Impact Prize (2013) and the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014).

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  • Francis Moss - photo

    Francis Moss

    • Information Designer, LSE Cities
    • MA Architecture, MSc City Design and Social Science
    email
    f.moss@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 7599

    Francis is an architect and urban designer that has led research, communication and design projects to improve the sustainability and equality of the built environment. Working across public, private and academic sectors, Francis mixes tools and methods from urban planning, economic development, photography, urban ethnography, sociology and geography. His interest is in combining quantitative and qualitative evidence and insights to create innovative strategies, policies, and design interventions.

    After studying architecture in Canada, Francis worked on a broad range of projects for reputable architecture firms in Zurich and London. He completed a MSc City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics. More recently he has led studies on urban development and design for the Greater London Authority, the Homes and Communities Agency, the London Legacy Corporation and the London Borough of Harrow, and collaborates with the urban design consultancy Marko and Placemakers. Francis’ current work includes an economic study and intensification strategies at the Greater London Authority and information design for publications and web at LSE Cities.

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    Leo Oliveira

    • Centre Administrator, LSE Cities
    email
    l.de-oliveira1@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    020 7107 7753

    Leo Oliveira joined LSE Cities as the Centre Administrator in May 2015 and is responsible for providing the day to day administrative support to the team members. Prior to joining LSE Leo worked in the civil service in Jersey and in a small environmental charity in London.

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    Emma Rees

    • BA (Hons)
    • MSc
    • Events and Communications Coordinator, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    e.j.rees@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    Emma Rees joined LSE Cities in 2010 to provide support to both the Centre Director and Executive Director as well as wide-ranging administrative support to the Centre as a whole. Prior to this she worked in an administrative capacity at both the NHS and the University of London. In 2006 Emma completed a BA in English and History at the University of Southampton and more recently completed an MSc in Politics and Communications at the LSE. Emma is now responsible for coordinating communications and events for the Centre, and also provides executive support to the Centre Director and Executive Director.

  • Enora Robin - photo

    Enora Robin

    • BA
    • MSc
    • Researcher, New Urban Governance project, LSE Cities
    email
    e.robin@lse.ac.uk

    Enora Robin is a Researcher for the New Urban Governance project at LSE Cities. She has experience in applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods to the analysis of innovation policy and local development strategies. Before joining LSE Cities, Enora worked as a policy researcher for public and non-for-profit organisations in France, Chili and in the UK. Her research focuses on the innovation policy and governance issues in developing countries. Enora holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from Sciences Po Rennes and an Msc in Local Economic Development from the LSE. Her areas of interest cover urban planning, local governance, innovation policy, and network analysis.

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    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    email
    p.rode@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    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
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Andrea Rota - photo

    Andrea Rota

    • BA
    • MSc
    • 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, creating and developing the centre’s web infrastructure to bring legacy content in line with modern web standards and to make new research easily accessible to a wide public; he has also been developing the Urban Age conference microsites.

    Between 2012 and 2014 he has developed interactive data visualisations for the web as a researcher in the centre’s European Metromonitor project.

    He is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at LSE, researching the power struggles involved in reassembling the modern Read/Write Internet. He holds a BA in Philosophy (Milano, Italy) and a MSc in Methods for Social Research (Firenze, Italy).

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  • Naomi Roux - photo

    Naomi Roux

    • PhD
    • MA
    • Mellon Fellow in Cities and Humanities, LSE Cities
    email
    n.roux@lse.ac.uk

    Naomi Roux is the current Mellon Fellow in Cities and Humanities. Her research focuses on the intersections between memory and spatiality, in particular the construction and contestation of collective memory in public space. Her current work examines possibilities for alternative forms of public memory in urban contexts, and the potential for collective memory and heritage as participatory, democratised practices.

    She recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, looking at the role of memory in post-apartheid urban transformations in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and the strategies through which urban residents contest the occlusion of particular memories and historical narratives from public space in these processes. She holds an MA in Heritage Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University. Naomi has previously worked at the Wits School of Arts and the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) in Johannesburg.

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  • 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.

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    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).

  • 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
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 3486 2883

    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.

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    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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