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Submissions and registration open for RAMSES Cities and Climate Conference

RSS Source: Urban Age - April 26, 2017 - 10:49am

The 2017 Cities and Climate Conference will take place from September 19-21 in Potsdam, Germany. The conference, the last in a series relating to the RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) project, will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives.

Abstract submissions and registration are now open, while further information on the conference is available online.

The Inside Story Behind the Unlikely Rise of Airbnb

Fortune magazine editor Leigh Gallagher offers an inside look into the early days of Airbnb and its unlikely path to becoming a lodging giant, in her new book.

The French Election: Why the E.U. Is Breathing a Sigh of Relief – for Now

Political outsider and pro-business centrist Emmanuel Macron looks highly likely to be France’s next president. But can a leader without a party succeed?

How Close Community Ties Can Drive Online Sales

Word-of-mouth testimonials from consumers in cohesive communities drive online sales higher, Wharton research shows.

Is South Africa Facing More Economic Trouble Ahead?

Hopes have receded for a steady recovery of South Africa’s fragile economy with the downgrade earlier this month of the country’s credit rating to junk status.

Fizzah Sajjad presents on Gender Equity in Transport Planning at the University of Michigan

RSS Source: Urban Age - April 20, 2017 - 12:29pm

As part of the University of Michigan’s 7th Annual Pakistan Conference, LSE Cities Researcher Fizzah Sajjad presented on gender equity in transport planning on April 7. Fizzah’s presentation, in a session on Gender in Public Spaces, focused on preliminary findings from the first phase of a research project on women’s mobility in Lahore, Pakistan.

How Unconscious Biases Block Effective Interactions

Nearly everyone has unconscious biases when interacting, notes a new book. But learning how to shift filters can boost effectiveness in dealing with others.

Why Payday Lending Is Creeping into the Middle Class

Even middle-class Americans are now tapping payday lenders because they cannot make ends meet. A new book explains why.

What Turkey’s Referendum Means for the Country’s Future

This week’s referendum in Turkey has implications not only for how the country will be governed, but also for its economy, its efforts to join the European Union and its future role in the Middle East.

Quito Papers film review published by Metropolis Magazine

RSS Source: Urban Age - April 18, 2017 - 12:10pm

Metropolis Magazine has today published a review of the film, The Quito Papers: Towards an Open Citydirected by Dom Bagnato and Cassim Shepard. The film addresses the “The Quito Papers”, a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The review discusses both the film itself and the wider context of the Habitat III conference, where the Quito Papers were presented by Ricky Burdett, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, and Joan Clos during the Urban Talk Designing the Urban Age.

Top-line Detox and Strategic, Small Shifts: Lessons from Successful Retailers

Forget growth at any cost. Small changes to lift comparable-store performance could work magic to boost profitability in retail, a new study finds.

Can United Recover from Its Customer Service Crisis?

United’s forcible eviction of a passenger brings into focus the deeper, underlying problems that airlines face.

Thirty Years After the Last Major Tax Reform, Is It Time to Retool?

There is wide agreement that U.S. tax codes need modernizing. A collection of articles by top tax experts offers a starting point for thinking about reforms.

How Customer Behavior Can Be Used to Value Your Company

Companies with non-contractual business models have a tough time predicting future customer activity, and subsequently using it as a measure of firm value. New Wharton research aims to determine what data can help.

How Millennials Will Lead in the C-Suite

Millennials are poised to take over the C-suite from baby boomers. But what kind of leaders will they be? A new report debunks some stereotypes.

Love Culture: What It Takes to Create a Happy Workplace

New Wharton research takes a closer look at the role of emotion in male-dominated organizations, finding that the most fulfilling workplaces are both compassionate and convivial.

Nuno Ferreira da Cruz contributes to Expert Group on the New Urban Agenda in New York

RSS Source: Urban Age - April 10, 2017 - 5:23am

LSE Cities Research Fellow Nuno Ferreira da Cruz recently attended the Post-Habitat III Cross-Cutting Expert Group Meeting on UN-Habitat’s Action Framework for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in New York. The three day meeting (April 5-7) aimed to provide feedback into and refine the framework, suggest indicators, and provide concrete examples in five key areas: national urban policies; urban legislation, rules and regulations; integrated urban and territorial planning and design; financing urbanisation; and local implementation.

How to Bully-proof the Workplace

Bullying is on the rise in the workplace, affecting productivity and morale. There are constructive ways to deal with it, according to a new book.

What Will Trump’s Meeting with Xi Jinping Mean for U.S.-China Relations?

The much-awaited meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping got off to a warm start last week -- although several tough questions remain unanswered.

Are Retailers Facing a Coming ‘Tsunami’?

A recent spate of Chapter 11 filings shows that chain retailers have too many stores and don’t understand their customers, while online channels are growing, say experts.
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