The politics of mobility

Public lecture of the Understanding cities series hosted by Urban Age

As engines of growth and social integration, cities are the magnets for more than half the world’s population. “Understanding Cities” is a five-part public debate addressing the complexities involved in designing and running the powerhouses of today’s global economy. This series will address the most provocative ideas in city-making, including environmental responsibility and climate change, social cohesion and the built form of cities.

The debate about London’s future centres on the ability of its transport system to handle millions of passengers daily. This event assesses how transport shapes and is shaped by the city’s environmental pressures and its quality of life.

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    Peter Hendy

    Peter Hendy  is Commissioner of Transport for London

    Tony Travers

    Tony Travers is Director of the IPA and also of LSE London.  He is a professor in the Department of Government. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He has been an advisor to the Communities & Local Government Select Committee and also to other Parliamentary committees. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British GovernmentThe Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis); Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills); The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50. He has chaired a number of official commissions, including the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance in Wales and the London Finance Commission.