Cities, space and society
Metropolitan Melancholia maps a series of contemporary cityscape in terms that attempt to spatialise melancholy's feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.
Theatrum Mundi is a professional network of urbanists and artists that offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion about practices relating to cultural and public space in the city. It is now an independent charity based at Somerset House.
Ordinary Streets is an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’, and engages with issues of immigration, adaptation and urban multiculture.
The Super-diverse streets project was an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration.
Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes was led by the Configuring Light / Staging the Social Programme and explored how social research could be better used to help designers understand the social spaces and users they are designing for.
This research project looks at the linkages between accessibility, mobility and activity participation in the developing world.
Urban intelligences, subjects and subjectivities, led by Senior Urban Fellow from 2013-2014 Adam Greenfield, sought to develop a richer account of the affective and experiential dimensions of everyday urban life in the presence of networked informatic systems.
The Mellon Fellowship Programme in Cities and Humanities 2014-2015: Urban MemoryscapesCities, Space and Society Completed
The Urban Memoryscapes project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2014-2015 Naomi Roux, examined the means by which collective and public memory in inscribed and contested in urban space.
The 2011 Urban Age conference in Hong Kong provides a platform from which to continue our research and collaborations on urban health and well-being. Building on this, LSE Cities hosted a dedicated Lecture Series on "Cities, health and well-being" during 2012/13.
This research project, which was funded by the European Investment Bank University Research Sponsorship programme (EIBURS), reviewed and developed theory, policy and practice on better assessments of wider outcomes from impact investment.
The European Metromonitor project draws on LSE Cities' current research on the economic resilience of European Cities in order to establish an interactive exchange platform for the dissemination of key findings and case studies relating to metro-level responses to the economic crisis.
The Mellon Fellowship Programme in Cities and Humanities 2015-2016: Metropolitan MelancholiaCities, Space and Society Completed
The Metropolitan Melancholia project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ed Charlton, will seek to map the contemporary cityscape in terms that spatialise the condition’s associated feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.
Experiencing Density is a joint project between LSE Cities and LSE London exploring how residents experience life in different forms of high-density housing in London.
In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C, this research project analysed new urban and metropolitan economies emerging after the 2008 financial crisis.
The Mellon Fellowship Programme in Cities and Humanities 2015-2016: New Citizens: Organising Discontent in the Postcolonial CityCities, Space and Society Completed
The New Citizens project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ninad Pandit, will scrutinise the ways in which political and economic uncertainties of the postcolonial moment enabled the emergence of new violent forms of politics led by urban literary intellectuals in western India.
Cities, environment and climate change
The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. LSE Cities is leading the NCE research programme on cities.
The Resource Urbanisms project is co-funded by LSE Kuwait Programme and it aims at examining multiple aspects of how natural resources, urban form and infrastructure affect each other and potentially lead to the establishment of divergent forms of urbanism.
Urban Mobility Transitions incorporates an urban living and mobility survey: Gauging scope for new forms of urban mobility in London and Berlin.
RAMSES is a European research project which aims to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities.
Randstad/South East England research project and seminar seriesCities, environment and climate change Completed
This study of sustainability at a regional scale compared the Randstad area in the Netherlands with the South East of England.
The Economics of Green Cities is a global collaborative programme, chaired by Lord Stern, which focuses on the effects of early action versus delayed action green policies.
LSE Cities was commissioned by UNEP to coordinate the research and delivery of two main chapters and supporting and technical reports on Green Buildings and Green Cities. The report was launched on 25 February 2011.
The City Survey on Green Policy involved a global survey of one hundred cities and in-depth research on efforts to build the green economy in eight selected cities.
Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and residential heat demandCities, environment and climate change Completed
This research investigated the impact of basic building configurations on a modelled, theoretical heat energy demand for the most dominant residential housing typologies in London, Paris, Berlin and Istanbul.
This research project involved site-specific analysis related to the London Queen Elizabeth Park / Olympic legacy developments, focusing on sustainable transport and green energy solutions.
The Urban Uncertainty project was a collaborative investigation into emerging ways of envisioning and governing the future of cities.
The New Urban Governance project, co-funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examines multiple aspects of municipal planning, management, and governance.
This project analysed how urban places are sustained and developed over time. It explored the adaptability of places to varied contexts of change and uncertainty which shape the evolution of the built city.
Habitat III Policy Unit 4: Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional DevelopmentUrban Governance Completed
In 2015 and early 2016, LSE Cities co-led jointly with UCLG a group of twenty global experts as part of the preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), taking place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016.
The International Growth Centre's Myanmar office has collaborated with LSE Cities on this first step towards developing a more in-depth research programme on urban development in Yangon.
LSE Cities provided input to Bloomberg Philanthropies on the political and demographic make-up of selected European cities, and completed an objective assessment of the innovation level shown by the shortlisted proposals.