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LSE Cities Public Events and News | March 2019

LSE Cities hosts a wide range of free events in London and internationally. For further information and details of how to attend, please view individual event pages via the links below.


Free and open to all, no ticket or pre-registration required

Monday 11 March 2019 | 18.30–20.00
Contradictions in Contemporary Urbanisation: Cities of the Arabian Peninsula
Book launch hosted by LSE Cities and LSE Middle East Centre

What happens to cities when money is plentiful, regulation weak, and labour conditions severe? Co-editors Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini discuss their recently published book ‘The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition and Distress’.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 | 18.30–20.00
Athens’ Grassroots Regeneration: Reflections from Mayor Georgios Kaminis
Public Lecture hosted by LSE Cities and The Hellenic Observatory

Georgios Kaminis will offer his reflections on his two terms as Mayor of Athens, and review the SynAthina programme that supports and facilitates citizens’ groups working to improve the quality of life in the city.


Pre-registration required by email to

Thursday 14 March | 12.00–13.30
Metropolitan Indicators
LSE Cities Research Seminar

Dr Nuno Ferriera da Cruz and Dr Do Young Oh will discuss the methodological steps taken to select the indicators and data sources, and set the boundaries for the targeted metropolitan areas (i.e. the unit of analysis) in order to build a comprehensive metropolitan indicators dataset.

Thursday 21 March | 12.00–13.30
Radical Spectrality
Emotional Life of the City Research Seminar

Laura Grace Ford, visual artist, writer and researcher in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art will present some of her recent work and develop new ideas on the topic of ‘Radical Spectrality’.

Friday 22 March | 09.00–12.00
Common Ground beyond Disciplines – Readings on Urban Infrastructure
LSE Cities PhD Debate open to all London-based PhD students

Urbanisation is a complex, multidimensional process and no one discipline can understand, explain and address urban development adequately. This LSE Cities PhD Debate discusses the experiences of analysing urban infrastructure systems and their governance dynamics through a multidisciplinary perspective and brings together scholars in development studies, planning and transport studies, architecture and engineering, geography and anthropology, economic development and political science and public administration.

Thursday 28 March | 12.00–13.30
Design as Infrastructure: Why design matters for thinking about the city
LSE Cities Research Seminar

Dr Julia King will present her work on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in Delhi.


The Executive MSc in Cities is an 18-month programme designed for working professionals who want to better understand and deliver change in Cities. A key goal of the programme is to bring together urban professionals from as wide a range of contexts as possible, thereby broadening access to knowledge and debate around the way we design and govern our cities. To help achieve this goal, two fee-based scholarships are currently available to outstanding participants applying for the September 2019 entry:

The Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service, provide up to a maximum of full tuition fee support for participants employed in the public sector both at a national and local governmental level.

LSE Cities Scholarships provide applicants in the private, public and third sectors a maximum of £10,000 of tuition fee support.

The deadline to apply to both schemes is 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 16 April 2019. Full information on the scheme, including how to apply, is available on the Executive MSc in Cities Scholarships page.

If you would like to learn more about the Executive MSc in Cities, please send a CV or résumé to

 Other content you may have missed:

PODCAST | Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel on the role of cities in a global economy

PODCAST | Political Strategies and Tactics for Transformative Urban Change

NEWS | Special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs

ARTICLE| New LSE Cities working paper: Urban infrastructure and development

Photo: Addis Ababa © Charlie Rosser

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