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Resource Urbanisms London report launch

Report launch hosted by LSE Cities and Middle East Centre

This lecture is based on a new research report called Resource Urbanisms: Asia’s divergent city models of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics which was supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) through the LSE Kuwait Programme.

This research investigates the common assumption that cities and urban development are directly affected by the availability and costs of natural resources, and that in turn, different forms of urban development result in substantial differences in resource efficiency. Resource Urbanisms looks land and energy resources and explores their relationships with city form, urban dwelling and mobility. It also analyses these relationships through a comparative case study approach which considers extreme and divergent city models in Asia.


The Kuwait Programme
Established in 2007, the Kuwait Programme is a multidisciplinary research programme based in the LSE Middle East Centre. The Programme currently funds collaborative research projects with Kuwaiti-based researchers and LSE academics forming joint research teams, provides research grants to LSE faculty researching Kuwait, produces an acclaimed working paper series, organises public events and research workshops in London and Kuwait, and develops research networks between LSE and Kuwaiti institutions. The Programme is funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and directed by Professor Toby Dodge.


  • Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities, which includes co-directing the cities programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

  • Toby Dodge

    Toby Dodge

    Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, Kuwait Professor and Professor in the International Relations Department at LSE. He is also Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. His research concentrates on the evolution of the post-colonial state in the international system. The main focus of this work on the developing world is the state in the Middle East, specifically Iraq.