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London School of Economics and Political Science awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize for work on cities

LSE has been awarded one of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for LSE Cities’ broad range of research, education and outreach activities. The Prize, which is part of the UK honours system, is given biennially to institutions across the UK, recognising excellence in a number of key academic areas which have had impact on society and the wider community.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for 2016-2018 is awarded in recognition of LSE Cities’ work on ‘training, research and policy formulation for cities of the future and a new generation of urban leaders around the world.’ A version of the submission document is online.

LSE Cities is an international research centre that has pioneered interdisciplinary work on how cities across the world are designed, planned and managed to be more sustainable and equitable. Its research, teaching and outreach greatly contribute to the LSE’s reputation as a global leader in the social sciences. Through the Urban Age project, jointly organised with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the Centre investigates the social and spatial dynamics of rapidly urbanising regions in Africa and Asia, as well as in mature urban regions in the Americas and Europe. It has convened international conferences in over 15 global cities, carried out research, and established graduate and executive education programmes for future and existing urban leaders.

Congratulating LSE Cities on their award, Lord Andrew Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission added,

“The LSE leads the way in the study of modern cities. It is unrivalled in the breadth and depth of its expertise, and its students and researchers play a leading part in the management of cities worldwide. This is a worthy testament to its work.”

The Royal Anniversary Trust promotes world class excellence in UK universities and colleges through oversight and management of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. The Prizes are a biennial award scheme within the UK honours system. As such they are the UK’s most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. The honour is distinctive in being granted to the whole institution, irrespective of the area of work being recognised, in this case LSE Cities’ contribution to research and training future urban leaders. The scheme was established in 1993 with the approval of The Queen and all-party support in Parliament.

Colleagues and partners from across the political sphere, academia, architecture and urban studies have been fulsome in their praise for the Centre and its important work. For more quotes and further information, please see LSE’s longer news article.


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