- Director, LSE Cities
- Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities, a global centre of research and teaching at LSE which received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2016-18. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, Council Member of the Royal College of Art and a Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He was a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and a member of UK Government’s Urban Task Force. In 2014, Burdett was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University (2010-2014). Alongside his academic activities, Burdett acts as a consultant to national and city governments, private companies and philanthropic agencies. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics and Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism, Mayor of London (2001-2006). He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007). Burdett was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning.
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- Executive Director, LSE Cities
- Associate Professorial Research Fellow, LSE
- Co-Director, Executive MSc in Cities, LSE
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-director of the LSE Executive MSc in Cities and co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. He holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the LSE that focused on urban governance and integrated policy making. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN-Habitat/Habitat III and on city-level green economy strategies, which includes co-directing the LSE Cities research for 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. He is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 has organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft 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 Towards New Urban Mobility: The case of London and Berlin (2015), Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and heat energy demand (2014), Transforming Urban Economies (2013) and Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy (2012).
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- Director, Cities Programme
- Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE
Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests focus on everyday formations of global migration in the context of inequality, discrimination and resistance, particularly migrant economies and urban multi-culture. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in marginalised and racially segregated areas in Cape Town. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2006 Venice Architectural Biennale, and the 2005 Sao Paulo Biennale of Architecture and Design. She 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 on ‘Ordinary Streets’. She is a recipient of an LSE Teaching Award (2017), the LSE’s Robert McKenzie PhD Prize (2010), and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998–1999). She is author of City, Street and Citizen (2012), and The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, co-edited with Ricky Burdett (2017).
- Outreach Assistant, LSE Cities
Bridey Addison-Child is the Outreach Assistant at LSE Cities, providing support in the delivery of the 2018 Urban Age Conference. She previously worked organising the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, liaising with international academics, politicians, artists and writers from a range of backgrounds to curate a series of debates and talks. She was also the producer of the podcast series, Philosophy for Our Times. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where her dissertation focused on group difference, representational modes of equality, and the legislation surrounding this.
- Research Officer, LSE Cities
Muhammad Adeel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and an MSc degree in Remote Sensing and GIS, from Pakistan. His MSc research analysed historical patterns of urban expansion in Islamabad’s rural area through satellite images and population census data. Recently, Adeel has completed a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Hong Kong, where he also served as a teaching assistant. His PhD dissertation examined links between physical accessibility, mobility and participation in Pakistan. Adeel joined LSE Cities in October 2015 as Research Officer to work on GIS-based spatial analysis of cities, primarily in the Resource Urbanism project that aims to examine the interactions between access to resources (energy and land), human behaviours (activities and mobility patterns) and urban morphology (form and density) in four Asian cities: Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong.
- Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Cities, LSE Cities
- Director Education and Society and Executive Board Member, British Council
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Jo Beall is Director Education, Arts and Society and a member of the Executive Board at the British Council. A graduate of the London School of Economics, her past roles include Professor of Development Studies at the LSE and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town. She is a specialist in international development and she has undertaken extensive research on gender and cities, urban governance and cities in fragile and conflict situations. Her remit at the British Council is global and her academic research has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with extensive periods of field work in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and South Africa. She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics including most recently on international higher education. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University.
- British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LSE Cities
Ed Charlton is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LSE Cities. His current project is entitled ‘Metropolitan Melancholia: Articulating Loss in the Contemporary City’. Comparative in its ambitions, this project will examine key sites drawn from within the deracinated inner urban centre of present-day cities. He first joined the LSE in 2015 as a Mellon Fellow in Cities and the Humanities, before spending a year as a Lecturer in Postcolonial and World Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, which was funded by the AHRC, and an MA from King’s College, London. He is particularly interested in non-fictional modes of representation, negative affect, and postcolonial urban culture.
- Outreach Manager, LSE Cities
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Emily Cruz is the Outreach Manager at LSE Cities, overseeing all of the Centre’s events and outreach activity. She is an experienced project manager and administrator, and has worked for 20 years in the public and educational sectors. Over this time she has coordinated and delivered publications, exhibitions, conferences and events in the fields of architecture, urban design and art: working as the Architecture Foundation’s Exhibition Coordinator; as Publications and Events Manager for the LSE’s Urban Age Programme, in Liverpool Biennial’s development team and as the London Manager of Theatrum Mundi at LSE Cities.
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- Management Accounts Coordinator, LSE Cities
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Sarah Davis joined LSE Cities in June 2009. She manages and operates the finance activities of the Centre, 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
- MSc, PhD
- Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Cities
Nuno Ferreira da Cruz is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the Coordinator of the New Urban Governance project. Upon completing his MSc, and while working in the private sector, he won a PhD 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 with Transparency International (TI). 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.
- MSc (Res)
- Research Officer, LSE Cities
Alexandra Gomes is a Research Officer and responsible for coordinating LSE Cities’ spatial analysis across a range of projects. She is currently completing her PhD at UCL Bartlett School of Planning, where she is developing a multi-sensory approach to urban spatial analysis, while working as a teaching assistant at the Bartlett Planning UCL.
At LSE Cities she coordinated the Resource Urbanisms project, and supported other projects that include Shaping Cities in An Urban Age (book), Urban Age Africa newspaper, Yangon analytics, RAMSES (a project funded by the European Commission) and Urban Age Delhi.
Prior to joining LSE Cities she 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 an MEng in Urban Engineering from IST-UL (Portugal). In Portugal she also worked in spatial planning, sustainable transport mobility and spatial analysis at CESUR – Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon University.
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- Managing Editor, LSE Cities
Peter Griffiths has worked as a journalist and editor for over ten years and holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the LSE. Before joining LSE Cities, he served as an Associate Editor for a national television programme and as an Online Editor for a magazine looking at Africa’s political economy. He has significant experience in developing accessible narratives across print and digital media, and supports efforts at the Centre to make research and outreach more accessible. He was assistant curator of ‘Conflicts of an Urban Age’, a Special Project of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at Biennale di Venezia, and project managed Urban Age’s new website, celebrating ten years of research, in 2015. He also supported the development of the Urban Age Shaping Cities Conference programme in Venice and is currently focused on supporting the delivery of Urban Age’s Africa programme.
- Urban Age Publication Coordinator, LSE Cities
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Rosie Havener joined LSE Cities in 2017 to support research and coordination of Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. She is a graduate of the MSc in City Design and Social Sciences programme at the London School of Economics, where her research focused on temporary urbanism in London and the often conflicting agendas of urban development and community resource provision. Rosie holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and prior to LSE Cities she worked in environmental consulting and sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- BA (Hons)
- Project Manager, LSE Cities
Catarina Heeckt joined LSE Cities 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. She recently completed a project on urban climate cobenefits together with C40 and is the Project Manager for LSE Cities’ contribution to the Coalition for Urban Transitions, established by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. She also leads an ongoing research collaboration between LSE Cities and the International Growth Centre that has explored urban growth in Myanmar and is expanding into other South Asian countries. In addition Catarina has been closely involved in the organisation and research for the Urban Age conferences in London, Rio de Janeiro and Delhi and acts as 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’. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the LSE and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Development from McGill University.
- Executive MSc Programme Administrator, LSE Cities
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Laurence Horstman joined the team in 2016 to support the launch of the new Executive MSc in Cities, and previously worked with the Department of Government at LSE. He is a graduate of Theatre, Film and Television with a strong interest in documentary and multimedia performance. Laurence has worked as a soundtrack advisor and sound designer for documentary feature film and BBC television and broadcasts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio.
- Research Fellow, LSE Cities
Julia King is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the coordinator for numerous research strands including ‘Streets for All’ a research project commissioned by the Greater London Authority and on-going work on urban governance in India. She currently teaches on the Cities Masters Programme at LSE, and runs a design studio at Central Saint Martins. Trained as an architect her research, design practice and teaching focus on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in the UK and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennial, the Southbank Centre and Somerset House. She was awarded a Royal Commission for 1851 grant (2017-2019) to develop design solutions cross cutting the sanitation chain from toilet to co-designed community infrastructure. She has won numerous awards for her work and practice including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), NLA Award (2016) and shortlisted for a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014) and Civic Trust Regional Award (2016). She has authored chapters in Home Economics (2016) and Infrastructure Space (2017) and co-authored a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City (2017).
Do Young Oh
- Researcher, LSE Cities
Do Young Oh is a Researcher at LSE Cities, currently working on the Metropolitan Indicators project. He is also a Visiting Fellow at LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. He holds a PhD in Regional and Urban Planning from the LSE and MSc in International Planning from UCL. His research interests focus on comparative urbanism and postcolonialism. His doctoral thesis investigated the evolving university-city relationship through a comparative analysis of East Asian urbanisation processes. Prior to joining the LSE, Do Young worked in the fields of architecture and urban planning in Seoul, New York, and Prague. He was also a founding partner of ONplan, an urban planning consultancy now based in Prague.
- Executive MSc Programme Manager, LSE Cities
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Jim Osborne joined LSE Cities in August 2016 as Executive MSc Programme Manager. Prior to that he worked as a postgraduate education administrator in Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine, where he assisted the Associate Dean for Science and Postgraduate Education on a number of Faculty initiatives. He received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Southampton in 2015.
- Web Developer and Operations Manager, LSE Cities
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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 wider public; he has also been developing the Urban Age conference microsites. Between 2012 and 2014 he developed interactive data visualisations for the web as a researcher in the Centre’s European Metromonitor project. He completed a PhD in Sociology at LSE, researching the power struggles involved in the development and use of decentralised alternatives to corporate-driven mainstream Internet. He holds a BA in Philosophy (Milano, Italy) and an MSc in Methods for Social Research (Firenze, Italy).
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- Centre Manager, LSE Cities
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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 (King’s College London) and an LLM Law, specialising in Public International Law (University College London).
- Conference Content Coordinator, LSE Cities
Tau Tavengwa is the Conference Content Coordinator at LSE Cities, where he works on the development of the ‘Developing Urban Futures’ Urban Age conference being held in Addis Ababa in November 2018. Tau is also founder and co-editor of ‘Cityscapes’ – a biannual print magazine and meeting focused on exploring and understanding cities in Africa, Latin America and South Asia from the perspective of a wide array of academics, policymakers, artists, photographers, architects, and activists. He is also a 2018 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and was guest curator at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale in 2016. Tau’s book projects include ‘Counter-Currents and Rogue Urbanism’ as part of his work with the African Centre for Cities.
- Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities
- Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities
Savvas Verdis is a Senior Research Fellow at LSE Cities, the Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities and the founder of challengecircles.com. Until recently he was Director of Infrastructure Economics at Siemens Cities. At the LSE, he manages the Executive Education programmes, which include: tailored learning experiences for organisations; the Executive Summer School programme on London and Global Cities; and the Executive MSc in Cities. 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 infrastructure strategies in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Property Analytics, an algorithm-based property rating website that ranked residential properties in London and New York. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.
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- Researcher, LSE Cities
Tim White joined LSE Cities in 2016 to kick off the ‘Experiencing Density’ project, which explores the day-to-day life of residents in London’s new high-density housing. He is also an ESRC-funded PhD candidate on the Cities Programme at LSE, where he is tracing the proliferation of corporatized ‘co-living’ spaces in urban centres. Tim’s work examines urban change – focusing particularly on housing, class and community. He is an editor for the Academy of Urbanism, which brings experts together to identify and advocate best practice in urbanism. He also works with the Business of Cities Ltd, an intelligence and strategy firm that reports on global urban trends. Tim holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from Cambridge University, and a Geography degree from King’s College London.