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Why Finding Meaning — Not Happiness — Is What Really Matters

It is the pursuit of a meaningful life -- not happiness -- that leads to true contentment, according to a new book.

Is Canada on the Brink of a Housing Bubble?

Housing prices in Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver have skyrocketed in the last few years, putting home ownership out of reach for many and causing experts to warn about a possible bubble.

What Employers Should Know About Generation Z

Recession and other realities have left Generation Z more pragmatic, independent and competitive than their millennial predecessors.

Two new articles published in Journal of Urban Affairs special issue

RSS Source: Urban Age - May 24, 2017 - 12:10pm

Two new articles that will be part of a special issue on ‘New Urban Governance’ have been published ahead of print on the website of the Journal of Urban Affairs.

In his piece ‘Multilevel governance as a strategy to build capacity in cities: Evidence from Sweden’ Jon Pierre argues that, as cities are now expected to address increasingly complex issues, international networks have become key sources of knowledge and expertise. Bruno Paschoal and Kai Wegrich’s article – ‘Urban governance innovations in Rio de Janeiro: The political management of digital innovations’ – explores the role of digital innovations in strengthening mayoral control over the city’s governance.

In addition to these papers on Europe and Brazil, other special issue articles already available online address urban governance in ChinaIndia, South Africa and for the case-study cities of London and Berlin.


Philipp Rode presents UN Habitat global lecture

RSS Source: Urban Age - May 23, 2017 - 9:41am

In a new Global Urban Lecture for UN Habitat, LSE Cities’ Executive Director Philipp Rode presents the findings of the cities research programme of the New Climate Economy (NCE) project, which LSE Cities is co-leading. NCE is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and the Global Urban Lectures are produced by UNI – UN-Habitat’s partnership with universities worldwide to share academic research more widely. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.


How the Waymo-Uber Lawsuit Could Rewrite Intellectual Property Rules

The lawsuit brought by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo against ride-hailing app firm Uber over self-driving car technology has experts reexamining how trade secrets are handled.

Under Pressure: The Shifting Landscape of Banking Regulations

Recent Wharton research analyzes how external auditors and bank regulations affect the discretion that banks have in loan loss provision estimates.

The Promise — and Perils — of ‘Smart’ Contracts

Smart contracts promise to bring innovation and much greater efficiency to contract law. But what they cannot do is replace contract law itself, new Wharton research shows.

Savvas Verdis recognised for innovative teaching by LSE Student Union

RSS Source: Urban Age - May 18, 2017 - 9:25am

LSE Cities Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities, Savvas Verdis, has received recognition for innovative teaching at the LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards. Savvas was among the highly commended nominees chosen by students on Wednesday evening.

Will the Thaw in U.S.-China Relations Continue?

U.S.-China relations had a rough start this year. Then relations became more affable. Can the need to cooperate overcome the risks of confrontation?

Silicon Valley: A Peek Into the World of Young Entrepreneurs

A new book takes a look inside the insular world of Silicon Valley’s young entrepreneurs.

New essay published on urban governance in Rio de Janeiro

RSS Source: Urban Age - May 17, 2017 - 5:59am

The New Urban Governance project has added a new short essay to its series on urban complexity and the institutional capacities of cities. The sixth essay in the series, “Urban Governance Innovations in Rio de Janeiro”, was written by LSE Cities researcher Harry Blain, and summarises a forthcoming full-length journal article by Bruno Paschoal and Kai Wegrich on the political management of digital innovations in the city. Paschoal and Wegrich’s article is part of a Journal of Urban Affairs special issue edited by Nuno F. da Cruz, Philipp Rode and Michael McQuarrie.

How the WannaCry Attack Will Impact Cyber Security

A “Digital Geneva Convention” and government mandates to prevent use of harmful software are among several measures experts suggest to boost cyber security.

Why Amazon Is Leaving Legacy Retailers in the Dust

What is the secret to the unparalleled success that keeps Amazon growing while so many traditional retailers are shutting their doors?

Should a Robot Run Your Retirement Portfolio?

Jon Stein, CEO of robo-advisor firm Betterment, talks about why this technology is the future of wealth management.

How Behavioral Economics Could Solve America’s Health Care Woes

Behavioral economics could help tackle the complex problem of creating a health insurance system that works for all citizens.

Ricky Burdett to judge proposals for new City of London concert hall

RSS Source: Urban Age - May 12, 2017 - 5:45am

LSE Cities and Urban Age Director Ricky Burdett will serve on a panel of judges searching for a concept architect to design a new concert hall in the City of London. The City of London Corporation, after issuing a tender notice this week, is planning to develop a new concert hall on the Museum of London site next to the Barbican.

Has Venezuela’s Crisis Reached a Tipping Point?

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to consolidate political power amid economic misery are taking a huge toll, according to two Penn experts.

How Moon Jae-in’s Win in South Korea Will Impact Asia

Two experts discuss the challenges ahead for new South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

A ‘Collective Impact Model’ to Fight Domestic Violence

The head of Women Against Abuse, winner of the 2017 Lipman Family Prize, talks about the group's work and goals.
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