Centre staff

Executive

  • Ricky Burdett - photo

    Ricky Burdett

    • Director, LSE Cities
    • Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
    • 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 and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is curator of the ‘Conflicts of an Urban Age’ exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and is contributing to the United Nations Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanism in Quito. In 2014, he was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014 as well as a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports from 2012 to 2015. He is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and USA, 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 was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. He 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 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 is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013).

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Philipp Rode - photo

    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities
    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

    • Director, Cities Programme, LSE Cities
    • Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE
    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

  • Muhammad Adeel - photo

    Muhammad Adeel

    • Research Officer, LSE Cities
    email
    m.adeel@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7852 3631

    Muhammad Adeel holds a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a MS degree in Remote Sensing and GIS, from Pakistan. His masters research analysed historical patterns of urban expansion in Islamabad’s rural area through satellite images and population census data. Recently, Adeel has completed PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong where he also served as teaching assistant for BA in Urban Studies program. His PhD dissertation examines links between physical accessibility, mobility and activity participation in Pakistan.
    Adeel joined LSE Cities in October 2015 as Research Officer and he would be working on GIS based spatial analysis of cities, primarily in the Resource Urbanism project that aims to examine the two way interactions between access to resources (energy and land), human behaviors (activities and mobility patterns) and urban morphology (form, density) in four Asian cities; Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Research projects
  • Nicole Badstuber - photo

    Nicole Badstuber

    • MSc
    • Researcher, New Urban Governance, LSE Cities
    email
    N.Badstuber@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5523

    Nicole is a transport policy researcher working on the New Urban Governance project at LSE Cities. She is investigating the governance network for urban transport provision in difference cities, currently focusing on in-depth case studies on London and New York. She is also pursuing a doctorate at University College London: 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 Physical 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. She has previously worked at University College London, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Government Office for Science’s Foresight programme on the Future of Cities.

    Research projects
  • Anitra Baliga - photo

    Anitra Baliga

    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    a.baliga@lse.ac.uk

    Anitra is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Sociology at the London School of Economics, after having completed an MSc in City Design and Social Sciences, in 2014. Trained as an architect, Anitra has over the past five years, worked in diverse contexts, in cities such as Brisbane, Shanghai, London and Mumbai, across various disciplines of urban relevance. Anitra’s PhD research investigates the role of land in Mumbai’s urban transformation. Anitra joined LSE Cities as a researcher in October 2015, and has mainly been involved in work related to India. She is also independently compiling a report on government-led affordable housing in India, with funding from Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Ltd.

  • 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.

    Research projects
  • Matt Birkinshaw - photo

    Matt Birkinshaw

    • BA
    • MA
    • MSc
    • FHEA
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    M.L.Birkinshaw@lse.ac.uk

    Matt Birkinshaw does social science research with a focus on urban development, infrastructure and politics in south Asia, and to a lesser extent, southern Africa.  He is currently writing up a PhD at the LSE on water governance in urban India.  This follows his MSc research into urban policy change, infrastructure and governance in two medium-sized Indian cities.  His professional research experience includes studies on urbanisation and migration, technology and urban innovation, and urban displacement and relocation. Matt’s wider experience includes a number of writing projects, three years undergraduate teaching at the LSE, and work with a broad range of non-profit organisations.

  • Harry Blain - photo

    Harry Blain

    • BA, MSc
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    h.p.blain@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7852 3527

    Harry Blain is a researcher at LSE Cities, and completed his MSc in Conflict Studies with the Government Department at LSE. His research interests have included the role of private security companies in the policing and closing off of public space in urban environments. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in Government and International Relations, and has written several articles for, among other outlets, openDemocracy.

  • Aron Bohmann - photo

    Aron Bohmann

    • BSc
    • MSc
    • MSc
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    a.bohmann@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7852 3798

    Aron studied Urban Planning and Urban Design and Social Science in Vienna, Hamburg, Istanbul and London. He worked at several universities and for international design, planning and architecture practices in the mentioned cities. He conducted a broad range of studies and projects over the last years, where he gained competences in methods, tools and theory of urban thinking. His focus topics cover housing conditions in Germany and UK as well as the interconnections between everyday life and structural attributes of urban patterns and typologies of the urban realm.

  • Ed Charlton - photo

    Ed Charlton

    • LSE Cities
    email
    e.charlton@lse.ac.uk

    Ed Charlton joined LSE Cities in October 2015 as a Mellon Fellow in Cities and the Humanities. A literary, drama and film critic by training, he holds a PhD in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge and an MA in English Literature from King’s College, London. His doctoral study was supported by the AHRC and was supplemented by training at the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University in 2012. Ed is also a founding member of Writing South Africa Now, a research collective based in the Faculty of English at Cambridge, and has interests in a range of topics from across the South African literary and cultural sphere. He is presently engaged in research on recent creative non-fiction, performance and film in, and about, Johannesburg, with a particular interest in apartheid’s melancholic afterlife and its inscriptions upon the contemporary cityscape.

    Research projects
  • Hélia Costa - photo

    Hélia Costa

    • PhD
    • Research Officer, LSE Cities
    • Research Officer, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
    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.

    Research projects
  • Emily Cruz - photo

    Emily Cruz

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

    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 project, in Liverpool Biennial’s development team and as the London Manager of Theatrum Mundi at LSE.

  • Sarah Davis - photo

    Sarah Davis

    • BA (Hons)
    • FCCA
    • Management Accounts Coordinator, LSE Cities
    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
  • Graham Floater - photo

    Graham Floater

    • MA Oxf, PgDip Camb, PhD
    • Principal Research Fellow, LSE Cities
    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. His 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. He 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. He 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
    email
    a.peca-amaral-gomes@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 7390

    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.

    Research projects
  • Peter Griffiths - photo

    Peter Griffiths

    • BJourn, MSc
    • Managing Editor, LSE Cities
    email
    p.griffiths@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5522

    Peter Griffiths has worked as a journalist and editor for over eight years. 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. He has an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the LSE.

    Research projects
  • Suzanne Hall - photo

    Suzanne Hall

    • BArch
    • MCPUD
    • PhD
    • Senior Research Associate, LSE Cities
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE
    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
    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, she 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’. 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 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.

    Research projects
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    Laurence Horstman

    • Executive MSc Programme Administrator, LSE Cities
    email
    l.horstman@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 7326
  • Anna Livia Johnston - photo

    Anna Livia Johnston

    • BA (Hons)
    • Dip. Law
    • Administrator, Cities Programme, LSE Cities
    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 in Practice, LSE
    • Former MP and UK Government Secretary of State

    Dame Tessa Jowell is a former MP and UK Government Secretary of State. She was Minister for the Olympics from 2005-2010 and Secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport from 2001-2007. In she was appointed Professor of Practice working with LSE Cities and the Department of Government on a range of academic and outreach initiatives.  She stood down from UK Parliament in 2015, having served as an MP for the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992.

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    Adam Kaasa

    • BA (Hons)
    • MSc
    • PhD
    • Director Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities
    • Research Fellow, Royal College of Arts
    email
    a.r.kaasa@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 3486 2885

    Adam Kaasa is an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the politics of the city, foregrounding the role of architecture and design. He is Director of Theatrum Mundi at the LSE and a Research Fellow in Architecture at the Royal College of Art. His research and teaching interests include critical and urban theory to consider public space, the postcolonial and negotiations of capital in late modernity, as they touch ground in the practices of architecture. He completed his PhD as a SSHRC Scholar at the London School of Economics and is a founding member of When We Build Again.

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    Julia King

    • Researcher, Super-diverse streets project, LSE Cities
    email
    J.King7@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5523

    Julia King is an architectural designer and urban researcher at LSE Cities. At LSE Cities she has worked on ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’ and is currently working on initiatives in India. Her research is concerned with housing, sanitation infrastructure, urban planning, and participatory design processes. She has won numerous awards including a Holcim Award (2011), SEED Award for ‘Excellence in Public Interest Design’ (2014), Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014) and short listed for the World Design Impact Prize (2013) and the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014). She has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Architectural Association and the CASS, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design; where she recently completed her PhD-by-practice titled ‘Incremental Cities: Discovering the Sweet Spot for making town-within-a-city’ which looked at resettlement colonies in Delhi, India.

    Research projects
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    Jenny McArthur

    • Researcher, LSE Cities

    Jenny McArthur is an urban researcher working on the Resource Urbanisms project, using comparative spatial analysis to investigate the interactions between natural resources, mobility and urban form in four Asian cities. She has a double degree in civil engineering and economics from the University of Auckland, and is currently studying towards a doctorate at UCL, investigating the relationship between infrastructure provision, urban growth and liveability. Alongside academic research, she has also worked as a consultant, advising infrastructure providers on asset management and investment strategy for urban transport and water infrastructure.

    Research projects
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    Jim Osborne

    • BA(Hons)
    • MRes
    • PhD
    • Executive MSc Programme Manager, LSE Cities
    email
    J.Osborne2@lse.ac.uk

    Jim Osborne joined LSE Cities in August 2016 as an 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.

  • Elisabetta Pietrostefani - photo

    Elisabetta Pietrostefani

    • Projects Coordinator, Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities
    email
    E.Pietrostefani@lse.ac.uk

    Elisabetta is an urban researcher with a background in architectural history. She holds an MA in Cultural Heritage from UCL and an MSc in International Development Sciences-Po Paris. Her research interests include city governance and local planning, reuse of urban spaces and resilient actions in cities of the Global South. She is currently a PhD candidate in Regional and Urban Planning at the LSE, where her research is focused on the valuation of urban heritage. She previously worked as a project manager in Beirut, where she managed an EU-funded project aimed at regenerating historical neighbourhoods through creative industries and contributed to several French Development Agency and World Bank projects. During her time in Lebanon, Elisabetta also undertook consultancy work for both the Lebanese government and non-state actors, and taught, on occasion, at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts.

    Research projects
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    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities
    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
    • PhD
    • Web Developer and Operations Manager, LSE Cities
    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 completed a PhD in Sociology at LSE, researching the power struggles involved in the development and use of decentralized alternatives to corporate-driven mainstream Internet. He holds a BA in Philosophy (Milano, Italy) and a MSc in Methods for Social Research (Firenze, Italy).

    Research projects
  • Fizzah Sajjad - photo

    Fizzah Sajjad

    • MCP
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    F.Sajjad@lse.ac.uk

    Fizzah Sajjad is a researcher for the India Smart Cities project at LSE Cities. She holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT, with a specialization in International Development Planning. Her research interests focus on the politics of infrastructure development and issues around displacement and resettlement in rapidly urbanizing cities. Previously she has worked on affordable housing development, and gender equity in transport planning in Pakistan.

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    Andrew Sherwood

    • LLB
    • LLM
    • Centre Manager, LSE Cities
    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).

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    Mariana Spratley

    • MA
    • Executive and Administrative Assistant, LSE Cities
    email
    m.barreto-spratley@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    Mariana Spratley joined LSE Cities in June 2016 as executive and administrative assistant. She is the Executive Assistant for Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode and is the administrative assistant for the LSE Cities centre. Before joining the LSE, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the European University Institute and as a trainee at the Assembly of European Regions. She did her undergraduate studies in Languages and Literature, and is currently completing an MA in Political Science and International Relations.

  • Savvas Verdis - photo

    Savvas Verdis

    • PhD
    • Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities
    email
    s.verdis@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 6313

    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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Photo credits

  • Elisabetta Pietrostefani by Catarina Heeckt
  • Jenny McArthur by Catarina Heeckt