Resource Urbanisms Project Workshop - Kuwait

Workshop hosted by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and LSE Cities

The Resource Urbanisms workshop was a half-day event which explored how natural resources, urban form and infrastructure affect each other and potentially lead to the establishment of divergent forms of urbanism. This workshop was organised in three one hour sessions, the first looking into the metropolitan scale of analysis, the second at the neighbourhood scale and the last session at the relationship between policy, land and energy using Kuwait as the main case study.

Jointly organised by LSE Cities and KFAS, this workshop aimed at bringing together KFAS members, institutional representatives, local experts, architects, planners and academics to discuss the preliminary results of the LSE Cities Resource Urbanisms project.



    Muhammad Adeel

    Muhammad Adeel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and an MSc degree in Remote Sensing and GIS, from Pakistan. His MSc research analysed historical patterns of urban expansion in Islamabad’s rural area through satellite images and population census data. Recently, Adeel has completed a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Hong Kong, where he also served as a teaching assistant. His PhD dissertation examined links between physical accessibility, mobility and participation in Pakistan. Adeel joined LSE Cities in October 2015 as Research Officer to work on GIS-based spatial analysis of cities, primarily in the Resource Urbanism project that aims to examine the interactions between access to resources (energy and land), human behaviours (activities and mobility patterns) and urban morphology (form and density) in four Asian cities: Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Alexandra Gomes

    Alexandra Gomes is a Research Officer and responsible for coordinating LSE Cities’ spatial analysis across a range of projects. She is currently completing her PhD at UCL Bartlett School of Planning, where she is developing a multi-sensory approach to urban spatial analysis, while working as a teaching assistant at the Bartlett Planning UCL.

    At LSE Cities she coordinated the Resource Urbanisms project, and supported other projects that include Shaping Cities in An Urban Age (book), Urban Age Africa newspaper, Yangon analytics, RAMSES (a project funded by the European Commission) and Urban Age Delhi.

    Prior to joining LSE Cities she worked as a Research Assistant at The Bartlett School of Planning and Geography Departments at UCL. She holds an MSc (Res) in Sociology and Development Planning from ISCTE-IUL and an MEng in Urban Engineering from IST-UL (Portugal). In Portugal she also worked in spatial planning, sustainable transport mobility and spatial analysis at CESUR – Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon University.

    Jenny McArthur

    Jenny McArthur is an urban researcher working on the Resource Urbanisms project, using comparative spatial analysis to investigate the interactions between natural resources, mobility and urban form in four Asian cities. She has a double degree in Civil Engineering and Economics from the University of Auckland, and is currently studying towards a doctorate at UCL, investigating the relationship between infrastructure provision, urban growth and liveability. Alongside academic research, she has also worked as a consultant, advising infrastructure providers on asset management and investment strategy for urban transport and water infrastructure.

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities, and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Rode is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).