Governing board


Board members

    Ricky Burdett

    • Director, LSE Cities
    • Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
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    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.

    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

    Anna Herrhausen

    • Executive Director, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

    Dr Anna Herrhausen started her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc.. In 2009, she moved to Allianz SE to help set up and develop the central corporate responsibility department for the Allianz Group. Since January 2014, she has been working as a director in the Communications & CSR department at Deutsche Bank. In November 2016, Dr Herrhausen assumed her current role as Executive Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Dr Herrhausen holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. She lives with her family in Berlin.

    Rahul Mehrotra

    • Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

    Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning, and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, as well as a member of the steering committee of Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. His practice, RMA Architects, founded in 1990, has executed a range of projects across India. These diverse projects have engaged many issues, multiple constituencies and varying scales, from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation and planning. As Trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), and Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR) both based in Mumbai, Mehrotra continues to be actively involved as an activist in the civic and urban affairs of the city. Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation and urban planning. He has written, co-authored and edited a vast repertoire of books on Mumbai, its urban history, its historic buildings, public spaces and planning processes. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture and currently serves on the governing board the Indian Institute of Human Settlements.

    Philipp Misselwitz

    • Chair of International Urbanism and Design, Habitat Unit, Technical University Berlin

    Philipp Misselwitz is an architect and urban planner based in Berlin. He was educated at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association London and received his PhD from Stuttgart University for research on socio-spatial development within urbanised refugee camps. In 2008, he initiated the EU funded research project which led to the development and testing of a community-driven planning methodologies (CIP) conducted in Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East. He worked for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and as a consultant for United Nations Relief and Works Agency before becoming the Chair of International Urbanism at University of Stuttgart (2010-2013). In 2013, he was appointed Chair of Habitat Unit at the Institute for Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin – a globally networked research and teaching centre focused on the study of urbanisation processes in the Global South.

    Philipp Rode

    • Executive Director, LSE Cities
    • Associate Professorial Research Fellow, LSE
    • Co-Director, Executive MSc in Cities, LSE
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    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
    • Access to the City
    • Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and residential heat demand
    • Going Green City Survey
    • Intelligent cities
    • RAMSES
    • Randstad/South East England regional study
    • The Economics of Green Cities
    • UNEP green economy report
    • Urban Age city survey (Mumbai)
    Full publications list on LSE Research Online

    Richard Sennett

    • Chair of the Advisory Board, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
    • University Professor of the Humanities, New York University

    Richard Sennett is a sociologist and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His research interests include the relationship between urban design and urban society, urban family patterns, the urban welfare system, the history of cities and the changing nature of work. He has served as a consultant on urban policy to the Labour party and is a frequent commentator in the press. His books include The Craftsman (2008) The Culture of the New Capitalism, (Yale, 2006), Respect in an Age of Inequality, (Penguin, 2003), The Corrosion of Character (1998), The Fall of Public Man (1996), Flesh and Stone (1994). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Society of the Arts, and the Academia Europea. He is past President of the American Council on Work and the former Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Recent Honors and Awards include: The Schocken Prize, 2011, Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University, 2010, The Spinoza Prize, 2010, The Tessenow Prize, 2009; The Gerda Henkel Prize, 2008; The European Craft Prize, 2008; The Hegel Prize, 2006.

    Nicholas Stern

    • IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is President of the British Academy since 2013, and a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2014. He was Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-2005; and Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles, his most recent book is Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change.

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