LSE Cities to present research at Cities and Climate Conference

19 September 2017

The 2017 Cities and Climate Conference will take place from September 19-21 in Potsdam, Germany. The conference, the last in a series relating to the RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) project, will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives.

LSE Cities’ Executive Director, Philipp Rode will present research findings alongside Graham Floater, Principal Research Fellow, and Alexandra Gomes and Muhammad Adeel who are both Research Officers at LSE Cities. LSE Cities is one of 13 project partners in the  European research project.

Philipp Rode to deliver keynote at International Housing Forum

6 September 2017

Executive Director of LSE Cities, Philipp Rode will deliver a keynote at the International Housing Forum 2017 in Singapore on 7 September 2017. “Efficiency by Design: Urban Growth, Housing and Transport” will explore the relationship land and energy resources have with city form, urban dwelling and mobility. It will analyse these relationships through a comparative case study approach which investigates extreme and divergent city models globally, and considers potential future challenges of housing in cities.

Symposium on whether shared working spaces drive inequality in cities

“Urban Incubators, Innovation and Inequality: Sharing and Work in Divided Cities” will explore how innovation and inequality is associated with emerging shared workspace in London. The symposium will investigate possible overlaps across different sectors of urban work, and outline implications for policy. The symposium is organised by Suzanne Hall, Director of LSE’s Cities Programme and Max Nathan, Senior Birmingham Fellow in Regional Economic Development, University of Birmingham. It will take place at LSE on 14 September from 9.30 to 13.30 and is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and hosted by LSE Cities. If you’d like to participate in the symposium, please email




Philipp Rode hosts exhibition at Seoul Biennale

4 September 2017

Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities has curated Moving Parts: How the Design of Vehicles Shapes Cities. The exhibition explores the links between vehicle design, operation, urban form, and city life. The exhibition asks if car design, which is now widely accepted to have failed the city on an unimaginable scale, could result in good urbanism in the future. It can be viewed at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism  from 2 September to 5 November 2017.

LSE students to support Brent Council Growth Strategy

Brent Council has selected seven London School of Economics and Political Science students who recently completed their urban-based degrees to help define their long-term Growth Strategy. The majority of students completed either an MSc City Design in Social Science or MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. The strategy will help the local council respond to many of the growth challenges affecting London. The city’s growing population requires 50,000 new homes each year, together with significant physical and social infrastructure, to accommodate and support this growth. Brent’s population alone is due to increase 20% to 380,000 by 2036.

The strategy will examine how growth affects the economy, housing, infrastructure, education, health, environment and culture, and propose evidence-based policy responses. Brent will use the strategy to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by London’s growth. The students are Bridget Ackeifi, León Díaz-Bone, Rosie Havener, Patricia Mijares-Chavez, Macarena Plaza, Oliver Tovatt and Janai Gilmore.

Ricky Burdett to deliver keynote to open Seoul Biennale

29 August 2017

Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, will deliver the keynote at the opening of the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul on 1 September. “Conflicts of the Urban Age: Lessons from London” will draw on lessons from the Urban Age, a research programme that has investigated the future of cities for over a decade. Registration (English version) is required to attend the keynote. The Seoul Biennale, which runs from 2 September to 5 November 2017 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), is introduced by Dynamics of the Urban Age, an exhibition that highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world.

New paper on local government transparency and the web

A new paper entitled “Explaining the transparency of local government websites through a political market framework” by Antonio F. Tavares and Nuno Ferreira da Cruz investigates what drives the differences in local government levels of transparency in Portugal. The main focus is to understand whether transparency is driven by leaders and local government or by community factors.  This is tested by using the results of the Municipal Transparency Index, which is based on the information disclosed in official local government websites.

Urban Age call for papers

21 August 2017

LSE Cities is hosting two sessions as part of the African Centre for Cities international urban conference on 1-2 February 2018 in Cape
Town, South Africa. These sessions form part of the prelude to the next Urban Age conference, which will be hosted in an African city towards the end of 2018. The subject of the LSE Cities-hosted sessions will be: digitalisation and technology, particularly with respect to models of transport; and urban informality, particularly with respect to infrastructure. Please see the call for papers for more details.

New York Times interviews Ricky Burdett on Crossrail

1 August 2017

Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics, was interviewed by Michael Kimmelman for his latest article in the New York Times: London’s New Subway Symbolized the Future. Then Came Brexit. The article explores whether Brexit will signal the end of an ambitious era of trying to bind London together through megaprojects. According to Burdett, “Crossrail is a culmination of years of serious thinking by experts and public officials about what London needs, the imbalance of east and west and how to unite the city.”