Research Seminars

Lent and Summer Term 2019 | Two Seminar Series| The Emotional Life of the City & LSE Cities Research

LSE Cities holds research seminars for LSE and non-LSE academics and researchers to present their work on cities and the ways in which people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

Seminars are held in the LSE Cities seminar room 8.01H from 12.00-13.30 

Seminars and free and open to all If you would like to attend any of the seminars please RSVP to

The Emotional Life of the City
This seminar series thinks in critical as much as creative terms about the place of extreme emotional life in the city. Gesturing toward a tradition of urban observation that extends back to the likes of Flora Tristan and Walter Benjamin and reaches forward to writers such as Rebecca Solnit and Teju Cole, seminars will provide lively, incisive commentary willing to experiment, formally as well as methodologically.

Thursday 21 March | 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Dr Thomas Jellis (Oxford University)

Thursday 9 May | 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Dr Lauren Elkin (Liverpool University)

LSE Cities Research
This seminar series explores recent research projects carried out by and for LSE Cities.

Thursday 14 March| 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Dr Nuno Ferriera da Cruz (LSE Cities) | Metropolitan Indicators

Thursday 28 March| 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Dr Julia King (LSE Cities) | Design as Infrastructure: Why design matters for thinking about the city

Julia King Research Fellow at LSE will present her work on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in Delhi.

The primary vehicle of interpretation is  Savda Ghvera, a large resettlement colony for people resettled from central Delhi, for which the author organised a central sewerage system, which in turn became the basis for a neighbourhood association with political influence.

For Julia Incrementalism describes a process of city-making in increments - as materials, time, etc. become available - mostly through the building of houses which, in their later stages, can support commercial or other activities. The main concern of the presentation is two-fold. Firstly it studies “shared incrementalism”, or the degree to which a commitment arises to a social and political context greater than an aggregate of individual houses. Secondly, it studies the role of making in creating the conditions for sharing, and with that, the roles of a visiting architect- researcher. On one hand, the constraints upon marginalised peoples are severe, and it is impossible to accurately assess the depth of commitment to both house and to a larger social and political order. On the other hand, it is evident that the opportunities for collaboration are volatile, constantly shifting, and that the virtues of solidarity are not necessarily accepted at face value.

Thursday 16 May | 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Dr Laura Mann (International Development Department, LSE) and Dr Gianluca Iazzolino (Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE) | What do digital technologies mean for African urban development?