Category Archives: LSE Cities

LSE Cities publishes new paper for NCE Coalition for Urban Transitions

12 April 2019

Thriving cities — where people can easily connect with one another and with jobs, services, and amenities — are essential to economic prosperity. With the world’s urban population expected to double by 2050, cities need to be built and run in ways that maximise access to opportunities without increasing carbon emissions, pollution, and congestion. Smart transport policy has a key part to play in laying the foundations for better urban structures, boosting public transport use, making it safe and easy to walk or cycle, and discouraging private car use.

National Transport Policy and Cities: Key policy interventions to drive compact and connected urban growth provides a foundation for national transport policy-makers to begin pragmatic but ambitious conversations about actions they can take to make cities more accessible  — either by leapfrogging car-centric development pathways, or by transitioning towards a more compact and connected future. There are multiple options to suit every national context — many with broad economic, social and environmental benefits. By seizing these opportunities, countries at all levels of development can reshape urban life for the better for decades to come.

Professor Maciej Kowalewski joins LSE Cities as a Visiting Associate

8 April 2019

Maciej Kowalewski, Professor and Director at the Institute of Sociology, University of Szczecin, Poland, will be at LSE Cities as a visiting Associate from 5-14 April. His research and teaching works are in the domains of urban sociology, but current research focuses on relation between politics and urban imaginary. His work has been published in Space and Polity, Space and Culture (among others), he has co-edited book Transforming Urban Sacred Places in Poland and Germany. In 2018, together with Robert Bartłomiejski, carried out in Rostock (GER) a study with INTA International Urban Development Association experts, concerning the middle size port cities growth. His recent project is related with visual discourse of cities in transition.

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft hosts second Urban Africa roundtable event

28 March 2019

Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode speak today at the second Urban Africa: beyond development as usual hosted by LSE Cities Urban Age partner Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

The event aims to unpack the urban dimension of German policies on Africa and to reflect more broadly on development practice. Based on the experiences of a first workshop in March 2018 and the Urban Age conference in Addis Ababa in November 2018, the roundtable seeks to deepen the understanding of urban dynamics in sub-Sahara Africa and to reflect on existing frameworks of engagement.

The event will bring together leading international researchers and advisors from the fields of urban and economic development, foreign policy, and development cooperation, as well as regional and urban experts from sub-Sahara Africa.

Guardian Cities Quiz uses Urban Age density diagrams

19 March 2019

Can you identify 10 world cities from their density maps alone? Test your urban knowledge with the new Guardian Cities Quiz using LSE Cities data visualisations. Developed as part of the Urban Age research programme density diagrams show the number of people living in each square kilometre of a 100km by 100km urban region.

Residential density measures how closely people live together. More compact cities have higher densities, while cities that sprawl and have wide open spaces between buildings have lower densities. The pattern of streets, squares and urban blocks – as well as how many people live in residential units – determines the density of a city alongside the height of individual buildings.

Nuno da Cruz to speak at research seminar on the quality of local democracy

8 March 2019

Nuno F. da Cruz, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE Cities, will deliver a talk entitled ‘The quality of local democracy: an institutional analysis’ on 11 March 2019 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Jointly hosted by Pompeu Fabra University and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) the research seminar explores the following key question: ‘The Implementation of Transparency Policy at the Local Level: A Common Model for the European Union?’. The seminar will be followed by an evening roundtable discussion.

Ed Charlton speaks at Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop on Urban Lives

22 February 2019

Jointly hosted by The Academy of Science of South Africa and the British Academy, the workshop brings together early career researchers based in the UK and South Africa who are able to contribute multiple disciplinary and cross-regional insights from the humanities and the social sciences to our understanding of urban life. The symposium runs from the 21st-23rd February, in Gauteng, South Africa, and Ed Charlton presented work in a session on ‘Space and Habitats’.

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’. 

Ricky Burdett delivers talk in Madrid on ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’

21 February 2019

On 21 February, Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, presented the third publication in the Urban Age series, ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’. Featuring 37 essays by leading policy makers, practitioners and scholars, ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’, brings together authoritative research and fresh insights that explain the complexities of urbanisation. The presentation was jointly hosted by Ivorypress and Phaidon Press.

Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, delivers public lecture at LSE

18 February 2019

On 19 February, Rahm Emanuel discussed the role of cities as world leaders in the 21st century, in a public lecture jointly hosted by Chicago Council on Global Affairs and LSE Cities.

Cities have risen as global centres for innovation and energy across economics, entrepreneurship, culture and public policy. As the leader of the City of Chicago, Mayor Emanuel has been uniquely positioned to address the complex challenges and opportunities posed by education, health care, technology, immigration, infrastructure, climate change, and much more.

More information can be found here

Executive MSc in Cities participant presents Amaravati Taskforce Report at Happy Cities Summit

13 February 2019

Sisto Andama, a participant of our 2017-2018 Executive MSc in Cities cohort, launched the findings of the Amaravati Taskforce at the Happy Cities Summit in Amaravati, India today. The formal handing-over ceremony was attended by Chandrababu Naidu, Rt. Hon Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Dr. Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), as well as other APCRDA and government officials. The report, entitled “Amaravati 2050: Strategic planning for sustainable housing, transport and financing” was prepared by a group of participants that have been working with the local government in Amaravati since June 2018 as part of the urban infrastructure and strategic planning course of the Executive MSc in Cities. The taskforce identifies three strategically important planning challenges for this rapidly growing new capital city and suggested ways in which Amaravati might deal with affordable housing provision, improved public and active transport, and more sustainable financing as it grows from a collection of villages into a new capital of 3.5 million inhabitants by 2050. Following the public launch, sessions to discuss the findings of the Taskforce Report in more detail with the APCRDA staff will take place later on this week.

New special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs

23 January 2019

The most recent issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs, co-edited by Nuno F. da Cruz, Philipp Rode and Michael McQuarrie is now open to free access. This special issue, entitled New Urban Governance, shows that engaging with modern-day urban governance study and practice will require an interdisciplinary and mostly empirical research agenda from diverse global contexts. By presenting a set of articles that explore the relationships between institutional settings, national urban policies, and city-specific reforms and changes while also offering perspectives on current governance challenges and future opportunities in Brazil, China, Europe, India, and South Africa, this special issue lays an important foundation for that agenda. The article is an output from LSE Cities’ New Urban Governance research project.