Several participants of LSE Cities’ Executive MSc in Cities from a broad range of professional sectors and disciplines met in Johannesburg in April with other LSE alumni and colleagues with an interest in cities. Meeting in Newtown, an inner-city area undergoing redevelopment, the intention was to establish an informal community of interest to deepen and share learning from the executive programme, particularly multi-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving using an evidence-based approach. This meetup focused on understanding why imported solutions, including big public and private investments in poorer areas and the rolling out of bus rapid transit didn’t necessarily achieve the anticipated impact in South Africa’s economic hub. A meeting in May discussed innovation in municipal finance. If you would like to receive information about future meetings in Johannesburg, please contact Sharon Lewis (EMC candidate, 2019).
Nuno F. da Cruz, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE Cities, will deliver a session on ‘data and the urban governance research agenda’ on 24 May 2018 at the annual meeting of the ‘Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance’ (DeLoG) in The Hague. The session will draw insights from the Centre’s ongoing research into New Urban Governance.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of Tessa Jowell’s death. Tessa was Professor in Practice at LSE Cities and the Department of Government and contributed with energy and passion to our programmes. She was most recently at the School in December 2017, reflecting with master’s students on the importance of leadership. Apart from her commitment to public life, Tessa recognised how critical it is to work with young people to improve their life chances, everywhere from young women in India to school-kids in deprived areas of south London. We will miss her enthusiasm, commitment and belief in public service.
Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities
Aidan Mosselson will deliver a seminar on the extent to which property developers and affordable housing providers working in deprived parts of inner-city Johannesburg exercise spatial power through regeneration projects. The seminar, entitled ‘The Spatial Praxis of Urban Regeneration’ will take place at 2pm on for 27 June 2018 at the London School of Economics. Mosselson is a recent Visiting Fellow at LSE Cities and current Newton International Fellow at Sheffield University. To participate please contact LSE.Cities@lse.ac.uk.
The Urban Age “Developing Urban Futures” conference will take place in Addis Ababa on 29–30 November 2018. Jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the conference will focus on the development of cities in rapidly urbanising countries. By convening urban experts, policymakers and practitioners from Sub-Saharan Africa and other world cities, the conference will raise questions about the economic foundations of urban change and investigate how current models of planning and governance succeed or fail to achieve greater integration between efficiency, accessibility and social justice. This will be the seventeenth Urban Age conference organised since 2005, most recently in Delhi, the Venice Biennale, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and London.