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LSE Cities Executive Summer School short course: London and Global Cities

LSE Cities is pleased to announce that this Summer, we will be running a course in LSE’s Executive Summer School for the first time. London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design will take place from 30 June to 4 July 2014 at LSE’s central London campus.

The five day course is an intensive exploration and analysis of how London is governed and managed, drawing parallels with other major cities. Led by Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Tony Travers and Philipp Rode, the course draws on LSE Cities and LSE London’s research work. Key themes will include governance, planning and design, infrastructure, transport, housing and economic competitiveness.

The course will include classes given by the core teaching group; guest lectures by key members of London’s political, development, transport and housing sectors; and, visits to some of the city’s most dynamic developments.

Fifteen years after London adopted a directly elected Mayor, the course will unravel how the city is governed, and how the Mayor works through complex layers of local and central government. It will explore how major infrastructure projects like CrossRail, the Congestion Charge and the “Boris bike” system have been funded and implemented. It will describe the loose planning regime of a city enshrined in the London Plan which has led to the rediscovery of the urban skyscraper and promoted a new generation of large-scale, private sector driven developments like Canary Wharf and King’s Cross, as well as the public-sector driven transformation of East London accelerated by the London 2012 Olympics. It will also explain the tensions and challenges posed by an acute housing shortage and increasing inequality amongst its diverse and multi-cultural communities.

Designed to appeal to a wide range of early-to-mid career professionals in the public and private sector engaged in managing urban change, the course will be of relevance to anyone who wishes to benefit from a privileged insight into the dynamics of a world city.

“Amongst mature cities of the global North, London provides a model of resilience in governance, planning, design and infrastructure. It faces many of the challenges that come with global city status – housing, inequality, cost-of-living – but has implemented important changes since its adoption of a directly elected Mayor in 2000. This week-long course will offer an intense insight into the workings of London, with the participation of some of its leading protagonists and respected scholars. Anyone interested in managing the complexity of urban change will find the short programme useful and informative”.  – Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, LSE

For more information, and to find out how to book your place, click here.

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