LSE Cities at the World Urban Forum

LSE Cities is co-hosting two events during the World Urban Forum (WUF11) Transforming our cities for a better urban future, 11th session taking place in Katowice, Poland from 26-30 June 2022.

Voices from Cities | Governing Complex Emergencies: The urban and regional response to COVID-19, the climate emergency and social justice crisis
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 10:45-12:15 (CEST)

Over the last few years, city and regional governments have played an increasingly critical role in responding to Complex Global Emergencies (CGE) such as COVID-19, the climate emergency and an increasingly evident social justice crisis. They do so by assisting with defining, deliberating, and ultimately responding to these emergencies.

This event will draw on crucial learnings from cities and regions that have actively engaged in responses to complex emergencies. A keynote will first present the findings of the two-year Emergency Governance Initiative, a programme by LSE Cities, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the global network of large cities and metropolitan areas, Metropolis, focussing on leadership, innovation, and governance learnings. Then, contributions from different city leaders will share accounts of emergency governance in action. Finally, a discussion between panellists and participating guests making us will open up the conversation to all participants.

 For more information visit the event page on the WUF website 

Special Session | Shaping Equitable Urban Futures
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 16:00-18:00 (CEST)

This special session will explore narratives and best practices around public value and quality of design of the built environment, focusing on innovative and experimental approaches to policymaking and spatial design that prioritise the common good. The session will explore case studies of cities developing critical transformations ‘on the ground’ that aim to improve the lives of urban citizens and help meet SDGs.

Presentations will include:

  • Shaping caring and inclusive cities: the case of Bogotá
  • Developing equitable plans for uncertain futures: the cases of Gaziantep and Freetown
  • Reorienting the housing market to deliver public value: the case of Barcelona

This event is co-organised by the Council on Urban Initiatives, a collaboration between UN-Habitat, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.

Speakers include:
Mariana Mazzucato, co-chair (virtual), Director, Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL,United Kingdom
Ricky Burdett, co-chair (in-person), Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (virtual), Mayor, Freetown City Council, Sierra Leone
Leilani Farha (virtual), Director, The Shift, Canada
Chan Heng Chee (virtual), Professor, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore
Rahul Mehrotra (virtual), Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, United States
Diana Rodriguez (in-person), Secretary for Women’s Affairs, City of Bogotá, Colombia
Fatma Şahin (in-person), Mayor, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey
Richard Sennett (in-person), Visiting Professor, MIT, United States
Javier Burón (virtual), Housing Manager, Barcelona, Spain

 For more information visit the event page on the WUF website


To attend both events remotely or in person you will need to register for the WUF before Saturday 25 June (registration takes about 5 minutes and requires upload of ID and a photograph): 

 Register to attend WUF11