Centre staff

Director

  • Ricky Burdett - photo

    Ricky Burdett

    • Director, LSE Cities
    • Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
    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 was curator of the Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and contributed to the United Nations Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanisation in Quito. In 2014, he 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 from 2010 to 2014. He was a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission from 2012 to 2015. He is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and the USA, and was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural advisor 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 that produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013). Ricky Burdett was appointed a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning.

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

Executive director

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    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities
    • Associate Professorial Research Fellow, LSE
    email
    p.rode@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    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).

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

Cities Programme director

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    Suzanne Hall

    • Director, Cities Programme
    • Associate 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 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).

    Research projects
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Centre staff

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    Muhammad Adeel

    • MSc
    • PhD
    • 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 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.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Ed Charlton

    • PhD
    • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LSE Cities
    email
    e.charlton@lse.ac.uk

    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.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Rebecca Craig

    • Urban Age Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    r.f.craig@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7852 3527

    Rebecca Craig is a Researcher on the Urban Age programme at LSE Cities, where she works at the intersection of technology and transport across sub-Saharan Africa. She joined LSE with experience of working in urban and transport policy in the UK, running public health projects in East Africa, and working in political risk across sub-Saharan Africa. Rebecca holds a BA(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she focused on sub-Saharan Africa. She is also currently studying for an MSc in Transport and City Planning at University College London, where she is a Rees Jeffreys Road Fund bursarian, and was previously the Transport Planning Society’s bursarian of the year for her work on Uber in Uganda.

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

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    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 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.

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    Marco Di Nunzio

    • Urban Age Research Officer, LSE Cities
    email
    m.di-nunzio@lse.ac.uk

    Marco Di Nunzio is an anthropologist and urban ethnographer, currently a Research Officer with the Urban Age programme at LSE Cities. His research interests focus on urban development, marginality, the informal economy and the construction industry. His doctoral work explored the life trajectories of men with past and present involvements in Addis Ababa’s street economy, documenting how people’s moral and existential quests for better lives can help in imagining alternative urban futures. His more recent work examined construction workers’ experiences of exclusion and notions of professional responsibility in architecture. He holds a DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford and has previously held research and teaching positions at the universities of Brussels, Oxford, Sussex and Addis Ababa.

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Nuno Ferreira da Cruz - photo

    Nuno Ferreira da Cruz

    • MSc, PhD
    • 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 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.

    Research projects
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  • 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, where she is developing a multi-sensory approach to urban spatial analysis, while working as a teaching assistant in the International Planning Project module. At LSE Cities she is currently coordinating the Resource Urbanisms project, while supporting other projects including the Urban Age Programme and RAMSES (a project funded by the European Commission). 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.

    Research projects
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    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 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.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Megan Groth

    • MArch
    • MSc
    • Urban Age Book Coordinator, LSE Cities
    email
    m.c.groth@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7852 3798

    Megan Groth joins LSE Cities as the Coordinator of the Urban Age Publication. Megan has a degree in biology from Pomona College and masters degrees in Architecture from the University of Washington and MSc City Design from the LSE. She has studied in Finland, China and Italy and has worked in Ecuador and Mexico, most recently practicing architecture and urban design in Seattle, Washington, USA where she was also a member of the City of Seattle Design Commission. In addition to her work at LSE Cities, she is an associate lecturer in architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests include the relationship between architecture practice, context and theory; the development and design of public spaces; and issues of social inequality in the built environment.

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    Catarina Heeckt

    • BA (Hons)
    • MSc
    • Project Manager, LSE Cities
    email
    c.l.heeckt@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5524

    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.

    Research projects
    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
  • Laurence Horstman - photo

    Laurence Horstman

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

    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.

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    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 2014 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.

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Julia King

    • PhD
    • Research Officer, LSE Cities
    email
    j.king7@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5523

    Julia King is an architectural designer and Research Officer at LSE Cities. At LSE Cities she has worked on ‘Superdiverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’ and is currently working on the India Smart Cities project and ‘The experience of density: living in a new London tower block’ with LSE London. In addition, she teaches on the Cities Programme and at Central Saint Martins. 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), and Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), and has been short-listed for the World Design Impact Prize (2013) and the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014). In 2016 she was awarded a design fellowship by the Royal Commission for 1851 for her work on design solutions for sanitation systems. 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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    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Jim Osborne

    • BA(Hons)
    • MRes
    • PhD
    • Executive MSc Programme Manager, LSE Cities
    email
    j.osborne2@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7955 6429

    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.

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    Andrea Rota

    • BA
    • MSc
    • PhD
    • Web Developer and Operations Manager, LSE Cities
    email
    a.rota@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5452

    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).

    Research projects
  • Fizzah Sajjad - photo

    Fizzah Sajjad

    • MCP
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    f.sajjad@lse.ac.uk

    Fizzah Sajjad is a researcher at LSE Cities working on the Resource Urbanisms project as well as the London High Streets project. She has also conducted research on India’s Smart Cities as part of the Centre’s urban governance strand. She holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT, with a specialisation in International Development Planning. Her research interests focus on the politics of infrastructure development and issues around displacement and resettlement in rapidly urbanising cities. Previously she has worked on affordable housing development, and gender equity in transport planning in Pakistan.

    Research projects
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    Samuel Scott

    • BA (Hons)
    • MA
    • Executive and Administrative Assistant, LSE Cities
    email
    s.o.scott@lse.ac.uk
    telephone
    +44 (0)20 7107 5232

    Samuel Scott is the Executive and Administrative Assistant at LSE Cities, providing support both to the Executive Group and wider operations of the Centre. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology (University College London), during which he specialised in anthropological approaches to the built environment. His research looked at the socially productive qualities of repair and maintenance processes at dilapidated city sites, as well as the socio-cultural consequences of mid-Twentieth Century estate design. Before joining LSE Cities in October 2017 Samuel played an key role at a music education charity, where he worked on their event and training programmes, assisted with the research stages of various projects, and led on the organisation’s communications strategy.

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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 (King’s College London) and an LLM Law, specialising in Public International Law (University College London).

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    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, 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.

    Publications
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online
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    Tim White

    • MPhil
    • Researcher, LSE Cities
    email
    t.white2@lse.ac.uk

    Tim White is a Researcher at LSE Cities and LSE London, currently working on ‘The experience of density: living in a new London tower block’. He holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from Cambridge University, and a Geography degree from King’s College London. Spanning sociology, politics and economics, his research interests include urban governance, alternative housing typologies and critical theories of urban space. His MPhil thesis investigated the increasing popularity of living itinerantly on canal boats in London. 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.

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