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.
Light is a material through which we organise social space; it is the infrastructure of everyday life, entering into the ways in which social life and interaction is staged and enacted in specific social worlds.
The project builds on the ethnographic and visual research on ‘Ordinary Streets’ , where the city street is conceptualised as a precarious public space in which ethnically diverse expression and organisation are made.
Naomi Roux is the Mellon Research Fellow in Cities and Humanities for 2014-2015. The project examines the means by which collective and public memory is inscribed and contested in urban space.
From 2013 - 2014 Adam Greenfield was Visiting Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities. His research project for the fellowship, Urban intelligences, subjects and subjectivities, sought to develop a richer account of the affective and experiential dimensions of everyday urban life in the presence of networked informatic systems, with the intention of challenging the currently dominant mainstream conception of technologised urbanity — the so-called 'smart city'.
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.

Cities, environment and climate change

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business. LSE Cities is leading the NCE research programme on cities.
The Economics of Green Cities Programme examines the risk-adjusted costs and benefits of green policy frameworks on the sustainable economic growth of cities in different parts of the world.
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.
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.
Urban Mobility Transitions incorporates an urban living and mobility survey: Gauging scope for new forms of urban mobility in London and Berlin.
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 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.
‘New Urban Governance: Urban complexity and institutional capacities of cities’ is a new two-year LSE Cities research project co-funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to examine 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.
The Innovation in Europe’s Cities report was launched in London on the 4 February.