Urban and Regional Development

The design and growth of cities has and enduring impact on society, culture and the environment. Existing practices for urban and regional development must balance between environmentally sustainable solutions, effective approaches in the short-term and a wider perspective on future generations.

We tackle key issues affecting our environment, culture and society caused by increasing urbanisation

We combine theory with extensive fieldwork in order to shed light upon challenges in urbanisation, planning, and development across the world. We are interested in global transformations and their impact in society, as well as in the economic, social and political dimensions underlying land use, infrastructure and city expansion and how they all intersect with wider questions of power, class, migration, gender, security and inequality.

We explore the changing dynamics of cities like London, focusing on population density, social integration, affordable housing and migration. We have, for example, studied the stratification of migrants working and living in London, and their connections and interactions, particularly in relation to implications of future growth of the city. We have also conducted analyses of existing or potential strategies for the creation of more sustainable public spaces.

Globally, we are interested in the interplay between rapid urbanisation, economic and population dynamics. How do large-scale urban construction projects, like residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, generate specific labour demand? And how does that shape new migrant routes? Or how can existing policies and practices enhance urban and regional development?

Who we work with..

Our experts come from a variety of departments and specialised research centres at LSE, such as the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE Cities, and LSE London.

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