- Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt is Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. He is an affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and CESIfo, and an associate of the Center for Economic Performance (CEP), Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), and the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. His research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects, broadband infrastructure, and architectural developments on local house prices, local political preferences and urban structure. He is also interested in how various agglomeration forces shape the spatial concentration of economic activity.
- Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics, LSE
- Cities Research Programme Co-Director, International Growth Centre, LSE
- Associate, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), LSE
Gharad Bryan is a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Associate of the STICERD Economic Organisation and Public Policy programme. His research interests include development economics, behavioural economics, and experimental economics.
- Director, LSE Cities
- Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
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Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at London School of Economics (LSE) where he directs LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme, an interdisciplinary investigation of global cities that brings together national and city leaders, academics, designers and civic actors. His work focuses on the social and spatial dynamics of contemporary cities. He has been Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was Director of the 10th Venice International Architecture Biennale, Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition at Tate Modern in London and is a Council member of the Royal College of Art. He has played a key role in high-profile urban projects like the London 2012 Olympics and legacy, the Tate Modern and new buildings for the BBC. He was a member of the UK Government Airports Commission and is currently involved in the redevelopment of Penn Station in New York City and advising the City of Bogota on a new 20-year urban development plan. He is editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). He was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to urban planning and design in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.
- Head of Department, Department of Sociology, LSE
- Professor of Sociology, LSE
Nigel Dodd is Professor in the Sociology Department at the LSE. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and lectured at the University of Liverpool before joining the LSE in 1995. His main interests are in the sociology of money, economic sociology and classical and contemporary social thought. He is author of The Sociology of Speed (2017), The Social Life of Money (2014), Social Theory and Modernity (1999), and The Sociology of Money (1994), and co-editor of Re-Imagining Economic Sociology (2015). He currently teaches courses at the LSE at Masters level in Classical, Modern and Contemporary Social Thought, and is co-convenor of the MSc in Economy, Risk and Society. He is also responsible for coordinating sociology papers on the University of London External Studies programme.
Nuno Ferreira da Cruz
- MSc, PhD
- Research Fellow, LSE Cities
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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.
- MA Oxf
- PgDip Camb
- Principal Research Fellow, LSE Cities
Graham Floater is a former advisor to the UK Prime Minister and senior official at HM Treasury. His areas of expertise include international trade and sustainable finance. He currently directs the cities and finance programme for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. His varied roles have included deputy director and senior advisor to the Prime Minister on energy and climate finance, Head of European Economic Negotiations at HM Treasury, Private Secretary to a Cabinet Minister, and EU trade negotiator at the European Commission and WTO. He holds a BA(Hons) 1st class in natural science from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in population modelling.
- Director, Cities Programme
- Senior Research Associate, LSE Cities
- Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE
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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.
- School Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
J. Vernon Henderson joined the London School of Economics in September 2013 as School Professor of Economic Geography, having previously been Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University, USA. His research focuses on urbanization in developing countries, looking both within and across cities and regions. He is the co-PI of a major research project on urbanization policy in Africa, as well as globally, situated at LSE and Oxford. His current research looks at topics such as expressway development and city growth in China, the dynamics of investment in the built environment in cities, how colonial legacy affects sprawl and the spatial layout of cities, and the impact of democratization in Africa on city growth and health and education outcomes across the urban political hierarchy. He is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, and serves on a number of editorial boards. He is a founder and past President of the Urban Economics Association. Over the years, he has worked with governments in Asia and Africa directly or indirectly through institutions such as the World Bank or the McKinsey Global Institute on formulating urban policies.
- BA (Hons)
- Director Theatrum Mundi, LSE Cities
- Research Fellow, Royal College of Arts
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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.
- Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, LSE
- Executive Director, International Growth Centre, LSE
Jonathan Leape is the Executive Director of the IGC and an Associate Professor of Economics at the LSE. He was previously director of the highly innovative “LSE 100 The LSE Course: Understanding the Causes of Things” since 2009. He was the founding director of the Centre for Research into Economics and Finance in Southern Africa, which was established at LSE in 1990 as an initiative of the Commonwealth Heads of Government to support the democratic transition in South Africa. His research interests centre on public economics, with a particular focus on taxation and regulation, including congestion charging. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.
- Associate Professor, Sociology Department, LSE
Michael McQuarrie joined the LSE from the University of California, Davis. He is primarily interested in urban politics and culture, nonprofit organisations, and social movements. He received a B.A. in History from Earlham College, an M.A. in History from Duke University, and a PhD in Sociology from New York University. Prior to completing his graduate studies he worked as a labour organiser and a community organiser in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. He has recently been awarded a Hellman Fellowship at the University of California and a Poiesis Fellowship at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level classes on classical and contemporary theory, political sociology, social movements, urban sociology, social change, and social change organisations. His work has been published in Public Culture, Politics and Society, City and Community, and Housing Policy Debate, among others. He has co-edited two volumes on related themes: Remaking Urban Citizenship and Democratizing Inequalities. He posts periodically for Rooflines, the blog of the National Housing Institute (US).
- Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy, LSE
- Head, LSE Housing & Communities, LSE
- Associate, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE
- Associate, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), LSE
Anne Power has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems since 1965, working with Martin Luther King’s ‘End Slums’ campaign in Chicago. On returning to Britain, she organised community-based projects in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. From 1979 to 1989, she worked for the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office, setting up Priority Estates Projects to rescue run-down estates all over the country. In 1991, Anne became a founding director of the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall, Chester, and is currently Chair of the charity. She is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities and low-income communities and her latest publication Cities for a Small Continent was published in 2016.
- Executive Director, LSE Cities
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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’. 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. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 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), ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy’ (2012), and ‘Transforming Urban Economies’ (2013).
- Research projects
- Full publications list on LSE Research Online
- Martin White Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, LSE
- Co-Director, International Inequalities Institute, LSE
Mike Savage joined the LSE in 2012 and is now Martin White Professor in Sociology. He was Head of the Department of Sociology between 2013 and 2016 and he is currently also co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute, where he is initial Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme. His aim is to renew interests in class analysis so that they are better attuned to contemporary urgencies, especially associated with the burgeoning fortunes of the super-rich. He was part of the academic team working on the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, which was the most popular piece of digital sociology ever (with 9 million hits on the BBC’s ‘class calculator’). He was on the Editorial Board of The Sociological Review, where he was editor between 2001 and 2007, and as Chair of the Editorial Board between 2011 and 2016 oversaw its transition into a fully recognised charity. He has also been a member of the Sociology research evaluation exercises (RAE 2008 and REF 2013). He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2003 and Fellow of the British Academy in 2007.
- Research Fellow, LSE London, LSE
Kathleen Scanlon is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE London. She has a wide range of research interests including comparative housing policy (across all tenures–social and private rented housing as well as owner-occupation), comparative mortgage finance, and migration. Her research is grounded in economics but also draws on techniques and perspectives from other disciplines including geography and sociology, and aims at improving the evidence base for policy decisions at national or local level. Since 2015 she has focused on ways of accelerating new housing development in London, looking at a range of solutions from cohousing and other collaborative approaches to the potential of large-scale private rented schemes. She recently edited an authoritative book on Social Housing in Europe (Wiley, 2014). She has worked with a number of national and international institutions including the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Denmark’s Realdania foundation. She has lived and worked in the USA, Spain, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Kuwait and Peru, and speaks Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Danish and a bit of French.
- Research projects
- 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 (Kings College London) and an LLM Law, specialising in Public International Law (University College London).
- Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE
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Dr Fran Tonkiss is a Professor in Sociology at LSE. 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.
- Full publications list on LSE Research Online
- Director, LSE London
- Director, Institute of Public Affairs, LSE
Tony Travers is Director of the IPA and also of LSE London. He is a professor in the Department of Government. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He has been an advisor to the Communities & Local Government Select Committee and also to other Parliamentary committees. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government, The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis); Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills); The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50. He has chaired a number of official commissions, including the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance in Wales and the London Finance Commission.
- Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities
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Dr 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, Turkey. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Property Analytics, an algorithm-based property rating website which ranked residential properties in London and New York. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.
- Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
- Research Associate, LSE Cities
Austin Zeiderman is an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the cultural and political dimensions of cities, with a specific focus on Latin America. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University as well as a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Colgate University. His book, Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá (2016, Duke University Press), focuses on how security and risk shape the relationship between citizens and the state in the self-built settlements of the urban periphery. Austin is also beginning a new research project on urban, environmental, and infrastructural transformations motivated by the promise of a post-conflict future in Colombia. From 2012 to 2014, he coordinated the Urban Uncertainty project at LSE Cities, where he remains a Research Associate. Raised in Philadelphia, he has previously worked on urban and environmental issues in Baltimore and San Francisco.
- Co-Head Climate Policy, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
Dimitri joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in April 2013 and is responsible for producing, commissioning and communicating research on the economics of climate change policy. In 2014 he was Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He was recently Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco (2008-2013) and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a senior economist on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. His research interests focus on the macroeconomic aspects of climate change, and the design of policy regimes for tackling harmful climate change. Before working on climate change, he was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury.
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