Research

Cities, space and society

This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers initial phases of a multi-year investigation into the impact of air transport growth in Africa on urban infrastructure.
This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers a pilot study into the impact Uber has on transport provision, job creation and labour informalisation in Lagos and Nairobi.
Precarious Homes is an Urban Age research project examining current approaches to housing in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Lagos and whether they are fostering or constraining the achievement of better and more just urban futures.
Metropolitan Melancholia maps a series of contemporary cityscape in terms that attempt to spatialise melancholy's feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.
Incremental Infrastructure is a research project to identify, design, and prototype sanitation interventions in the context of marginalised and peripheral communities in Delhi. It is funded by the Royal Commission of 1851.
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.
Ordinary Streets was an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’, and engages with issues of immigration, adaptation and urban multiculture.
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.
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 extended two representative city surveys previously conducted in São Paulo and Istanbul to Mumbai. The surveys analysed how residents are responding to the challenges of social inclusion, the environment, transport, security and urban governance.
In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C, this research project analysed new urban and metropolitan economies emerging after the 2008 financial crisis.
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 provided a platform from which to continue the Centre's 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.
This research project looked at the linkages between accessibility, mobility and activity participation in the developing world.
The European Metromonitor project drew on LSE Cities'  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 Metropolitan Melancholia project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ed Charlton, sought to map the contemporary cityscape in terms that spatialise the condition’s associated feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.
The New Citizens project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ninad Pandit, scrutinised 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 Coalition for Urban Transitions is a Special Initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE). LSE Cities is co-leading research into how to finance this transition and what policy tools are available to do so. This makes up two of the Coalition's core work streams.
This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers the initial phases of a planned multi-year empirical investigation into the social and material dimensions of community belonging.
This LSE Cities’ seed fund project aims to use statistical geography to estimate and more accurately measure the causal effect of urban compactness on local air pollution concentrations.
Urban Mobility Transitions incorporates an urban living and mobility survey: Gauging scope for new forms of urban mobility in London and Berlin.
The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. LSE Cities lead the NCE research programme on cities from 2013 – 2014, which has since expanded into the NCE Coalition for Urban Transitions.
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.
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.
The Economics of Green Cities was a global collaborative programme, chaired by Lord Stern, which focused on the effects of early action versus delayed action green policies.
This study of sustainability at a regional scale compared the Randstad area in the Netherlands with the South East of England.
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.
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.

Urban governance

This collaboration with Metropolis aims to develop a system of comparative indicators and collect the corresponding data for a range of major cities and metropolitan areas.
Governing Infrastructure Interfaces focuses on transport and sanitation infrastructure in Ethiopia's two largest cities to investigate the relationship between development goals and the contribution made by new infrastructure.
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, examined 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 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).
The International Growth Centre's Myanmar office 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.