LSE Cities and Urban Age Director Ricky Burdett has published an article on inequality and patterns of urban growth for a special issue of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Policy in Focus journal. The special issue of Policy in Focus builds upon discussions and debates initiated at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held earlier this year in Quito, Ecuador. The article highlights differing patterns of urbanisation across the world and their implications for economic and social development. Discussing, in particular, the acceleration of urban inequality globally, Professor Burdett argues for a more open form of urbanism that recognises how the spatial and the social are inextricably linked in cities. The full article and special issue are available here.