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Marco Di Nunzio to host Urban Africa Seminar

November 17, 2017 - 11:24am

Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Research Officer at LSE Cities, will chair the first in a series of research seminar series hosted by LSE Cities. The Urban Africa Seminar will take place at 4pm on 23 November 2017 at the London School of Economics. Wendy Willems, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE will speak on “‘The politics of things’: digital media, urban space and the materiality of civic engagement”. Drawing on research carried out in Lusaka during the 2011 and 2016 Zambian elections, this paper proposes a material, mobile and spatial approach to political communication. For more information please contact


Nuno da Cruz to speak on accountability, transparency and participation

November 14, 2017 - 10:33am

Nuno da Cruz, Research Fellow at LSE Cities and contributing to the Centre’s New Urban Governance research, will give a lecture entitled “From Local Government to Local Governance: what are the implications for transparency?” at the Faculty of Economics of University of Coimbra on 17 November. The talk is part of a seminar series on accountability, transparency and participation in the public sector organised by the Centre for Research in Political Science (CICP), University of Minho.

Philipp Rode to speak at COP23

November 10, 2017 - 8:39am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities will speak on the “Decarbonising the Transport Sector” panel at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 in Bonn on 13 November 2017. The COP23 panel will discuss new approaches for clean and efficient transport solutions. Rode will draw on a range of LSE Cities research, including publications for The Global Commission for the Economy and Climate and Towards New Urban Mobility.

Marco Di Nunzio to convene workshop at Université libre de Bruxelles

November 9, 2017 - 7:58am

Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Research Officer at LSE Cities will be convening the workshop “Inside a Construction Boom: Politics, Responsibility and the Temporalities of Urban Development” at the Université libre de Bruxelles on 14 November 2017. Di Nunzio will also be talking about his work on architecture, responsibility and inequality in Addis Ababa. The workshop is funded by the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS (Belgium).

Philipp Rode to speak at Oskar von Miller Forum

November 8, 2017 - 6:08am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, will speak on Frontiers of City Governance on 7 December 2017 at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich. Rode will draw insights from the Centre’s ongoing research into New Urban Governance. The forum is an educational initiative of the Bavarian construction industry for engineers in the building sector.

Philipp Rode launches Resource Urbanisms report in Kuwait

November 7, 2017 - 10:28am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, launched Resource Urbanisms: Asia’s divergent city models of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong in Kuwait on 7 November 2017. The report consolidates key findings of the Resource Urbanisms project that LSE Cities led between 2015 and 2017. This research, supported by the Kuwait Programme at the LSE Middle East Centre investigates questions of urban form, geography and sustainability in Kuwait and the Gulf States as part of a broader comparative analysis of divergent forms of urban growth in Asia. Rode was joined by Research and Project Coordinator, Alexandra Gomes.

SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

November 6, 2017 - 6:20am

The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities is a provocative, interdisciplinary handbook for academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies. The collection focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. Scholars, including Ananya Roy, Neil Brenner, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edgar Pieterse, Eyal Weizman, Keller Easterling, Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett, engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation, revealing the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century. Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard Graduate School of Design, endorsed the book as “a superb collection that contains a remarkable set of essays from the world’s leading urbanists whose combined wisdom is essential to anyone seeking to understand the 21st century city.”

Muhammad Adeel wins CODATU prize for PhD Thesis

November 3, 2017 - 4:12am

Muhammad Adeel, Research Officer at LSE Cities won the CODATU Prize for the best PhD Thesis on urban mobility in cities of developing countries. His thesis deals with crucial issues of transportation disadvantage and social exclusion. While his research focused on Pakistan, the judges felt his work could be useful to cities in other developing countries too. The prize recognises excellent research to increase exposure to professionals and policy makers in the urban transport sector.


Fizzah Sajjad contributes to gender equity in transport planning policy paper

November 2, 2017 - 6:28am

Fizzah Sajjad, a researcher at LSE Cities, has contributed to “Gender equity in transport planning: Improving women’s access to public transport in Pakistan“, a policy paper that focuses primarily on Lahore. The paper found that, even though women travel less, they are more dependent on public transport than men are. However, safety concerns using public transport restrict women’s lives substantially. The policy paper was published by the International Growth Centre.

Ed Charlton to speak on Divided Cities in Oxford

October 31, 2017 - 11:06am

Ed Charlton, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LSE Cities, will be talking on “Divided Feelings: Ponte City as Melancholy Archive” at the Divided Cities II: Culture, Infrastructure and the Urban Future Programme at the University of Oxford on 3 November 2017. Ponte City is an iconic tower in Johannesburg’s downtown. Charlton’s talk builds on his research into Metropolitan Melancholia. The workshop is funded by the British Council US and TORCH.

Cities Programme Director Suzanne Hall wins Philip Leverhulme Prize

October 30, 2017 - 10:51am

Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme, has won a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017). Valued at £100,000, this award recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. The prize will see her Ordinary Streets project on how migrants inhabit the city extended to Cape Town, South Africa.

Philipp Rode on opening panel at Berlin urban tech conference

October 24, 2017 - 10:40am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities, is participating in opening panel of the Creating Urban Tech Summit in Berlin on 25 October 2017. The panel, “Roadmap Smart Cities”, will debate which technologies will shape the urban tech development over the next few years.

Ricky Burdett speaks at CityLab conference

October 23, 2017 - 4:40am

Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, spoke at the CityLab Paris 2017 conference on 23 October 2017. Burdett contributed to a panel entitled: “Game Changers: How to Embrace Disruption and Lead Without Fear”. Burdett’s previous contribution at CityLab 2015 can be watched here.