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Transportation and Technology: Urban Age Conference 2018

22 May 2019

Transportation and technology was a main theme at the Urban Age Developing Urban Futures conference, in Addis Ababa, from 29 – 30 November 2018. With the help of over 60 experts and policymakers from 26 cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, South and North America, the Urban Age conference in Addis Ababa was designed to create common ground to take the debate about Developing Urban Futures further. The Urban Age brings together essays that provide context and perspective on the challenges faced by developing countries, with comparative data and evidence collected by LSE Cities on contemporary urbanisation.


Jacqueline M. Klopp on the future of popular transit.

Across Africa, high-capacity transit systems are complemented by popular transit and taxi services enabled by digital technology. How can new policy measures and investments ensure that the smart mobility transition is aligned with broader strategic goals of urban development?

Urban Age Developing Urban Futures: Transport transitions and technology – Panel discussion with Elleni Ashebir Jacqueline M. Klopp Jean-Louis Missika Justin Coetzee Kate Meagher Ladi Lawanson Philipp Rode Solomon Kidane Yolisa Kani



by Jacqueline M. Klopp | November 2018
From Cape Town to Cairo most people rely on walking, motorcycles, bicycles and minibuses to get around. These forms of popular transport move large numbers of people and goods and employ a plethora of workers. While imperfect, this makes urban life possible and productive. READ FULL ARTICLE


by Philipp Rode | November 2018
The office of Ethiopia’s Minister for Urban Development displays a beautiful artwork. The woodcarving captures the country’s transformation, depicting a farmer surrounded by new industries, urban housing estates and roads. Prominently situated, a twenty-first-century high-speed train emerges out of a tunnel, offering a glimpse of the importance and powerful symbolism of railways as a catalyst for the country’s urbanisation. READ FULL ARTICLE



Public Transport has become a major policy agenda for established and emerging cities worldwide. The need for greater access to employment, reduced commuting times and congestion and better control of carbon emissions has informed the ways in which cities have either consolidated or initiated investment in high-capacity transport.


A mix of informal, semi-formal and regulated popular transit systems exist in cities across the world, increasing accessibility to jobs, services and amenities where mass transit systems don’t reach. Popular transport networks often includes a mix of modes, including formalised buses, shared minibuses, taxis and motorcycle taxis, with many providers – often operating fleets of fewer than three vehicles – leading to fragmented routes and schedules. Through advances in digital technology, popular transit information has been collected and distributed to make routes more transparent and accessible.

For more research from the 2018 Urban Age Developing Urban Futures Conference, visit the Urban Age website here.

Ricky Burdett joins panel discussion for, Behind the Prize: Jurying the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

21 May 2019

On 12 June, Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will join the event, Behind the Prize: Jurying the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, a panel discussion on his experience jurying the most recent Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). MCHAP was founded by Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture to honor architectural excellence in the Americas and the panel will discuss how the judges decide who wins the award. The panel discussion with members of the 2018 MCHAP jury, will take place 12 June, 7:00 p.m at The Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York.

Ricky Burdett to speak at Milano Arch Week May 2019

Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will be giving a lecture on ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ for the Triennale Milano Arch Week from May 21 – 26. Milano Arch Week is a week of lectures, conversations, workshops, and itineraries on the main challenges of contemporary urban transformations. Burdett’s lecture will be on 25 May from 19:30- 20:30 held in Triennale Milano / Palco Giardino, and will be introduced by Lorenza Baroncelli.

El País Semanal reviews LSE Cities’ book, ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’

13 May 2019

On 10 May, Spanish newspaper El País Semanal reviewed LSE Cities’ book ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’, edited by Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode. Written by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, the article provides a comprehensive overview of topics discussed in the book such as public space, transport and public health, and the sustainability of cities. Click here for the full article from El País Semanal, in Spanish.

LSE Cities to launch paper at International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig on 23 May

6 May 2019

Philipp Rode and Catarina Heeckt will launch their new paper ‘National Transport Policy and Cities: Key policy interventions to drive compact and connected urban growth’ at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The launch event will take place at the ITF World Stage Café starting at 9:30 on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

The paper is part of LSE Cities’ contribution to the Coalition for Urban Transitions and 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. It provides a global review of 189 national transport interventions and then presents results from a survey of experts that narrows down the top five most impactful policy interventions.

Prior to the official launch event, Catarina Heeckt will be presenting the research findings at the ITF Pre-Summit Research Day on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 11:40 during a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Transport Solutions’. 

As part of the ITF Summit, Philipp Rode will also speak on a panel entitled ‘Improving access in cities: Findings from Europe and Latin America’ which will take place at 9:30 on Friday, 24 May 2019.

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.

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’.