Research

Cities, space and society

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.
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.
Configuring Light/ Staging the Social is a multidisciplinary research programme that develops projects focused on the ways in which light as a material is configured into built environments.
The Super-diverse streets project is an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration.
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 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.
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.
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.
This research project looks at accessibility levels across different socio-economic groups in three developing world megacities: Istanbul, Sao Paulo and Mumbai.
In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C, this research project analysed new urban and metropolitan economies emerging after the 2008 financial crisis.

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 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.
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.
This study of sustainability at a regional scale compared the Randstad area in the Netherlands with the South East of England.
Urban Mobility Transitions incorporates an urban living and mobility survey: Gauging scope for new forms of urban mobility in London and Berlin.
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.
The Resource Urbanisms project is co-funded by LSE Kuwait Programme aiming at examine at the examination of multiple aspects of how natural resources, urban form and infrastructure affect each other and potentially lead to the establishment of divergent forms of urbanism.
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.
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.

Urban governance

The Urban Uncertainty project is 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.
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.