The information on the following pages summarises some of the research that is currently being developed by LSE Cities as part of its urban governance workstream. It brings together data and evidence from the Urban Age research programme and LSE Cities’ recently launched ‘New Urban Governance’ project, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. It provides a global overview of contemporary urban development and illustrates critical urban governance dynamics cutting across the differences in urban settlement patterns, urban governance geographies and governance indicators. More detailed city-specific analysis is presented for four case study cities which, over the last decades, have been particularly relevant cases for understanding institutional arrangements and change at the city and metropolitan level. These case study cities are Delhi, Tokyo, London and Bogotá, and the analysis cuts across the cities’ systems of government, their urban expansion and the evolution of their administrative areas, and the governance of their transport infrastructures.