Cities, Spaces and Society

Current research projects

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Towards a Hybrid Cities Programme

A pilot research project focussing on the changing interrelationship between physical and digital spaces in cities and how this evolving interdependence informs the future trajectory of urban development at multiple scales.


(De)Constructing Health & Wellbeing through data

An analytical project exploring data interdependencies and socio-spatial connections to understand how the physical environment impacts health and well-being.


 Young Researchers-in-Residence 

This project explores public realm experiences and spatial peer-research methodologies in various locations in and around London. It works with young people, in particular young women, a constituency normally excluded from planning and development processes.

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Making Space for Girls

This project explores methods of ‘peer research’ with girls and young women aged 16-24 in the UK, while equally addressing the lack of provision of public spaces for this demographic. 

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Urban Neighbourhoods: Health and Wellbeing

The project will provide a rigorous mapping of spatial, social, economic and health parameters of two highly complex and diverse boroughs of London and compare them to similar neighbourhoods in other UK cities with a view to establish links between the built environment, demographic trends and the health and wellbeing of urban residents.

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Scenarios for Lambeth and Southwark

Scenarios for Lambeth and Southwark, commissioned by Impact on Urban Health, is a research project to evolve potential ‘futures’ or scenarios for policy advice and decision-making in the face of rapidly changing and uncertain events, including COVID-19 and Brexit.

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Apprenticeship Programme in City Design

The Apprenticeship Programme is engaging six young adults from the London Borough of Brent, to learn through practice at the LSE. It is a legacy project of Seen and Heard, a project coordinated by LSE Cities and commissioned by Brent 2020.


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Seen and Heard is a research and engagement project with Brent Youth Parliament and the Blueprint Collective commissioned by Brent London Borough of Culture.

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Metropolitan Melancholia

Metropolitan Melancholia maps a series of contemporary cityscape in terms that attempt to spatialise melancholy’s feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.


Experiencing Density

Experiencing Density is a project jointly led by LSE Cities and LSE London that explores how residents experience life in different forms of high-density housing in London.

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Incremental Infrastructure

Incremental Infrastructure is a research project to identify, design, and prototype sanitation interventions in the context of marginalised and peripheral communities in Delhi.


Completed research projects

Seed funded: Measuring community in an urban age 


This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers the initial phases of a planned multi-year empirical investigation into the social and material dimensions of community belonging.

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Seed funded: The groundwork of airborne Africa 


This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers initial phases of a multi-year investigation into the impact of air transport growth in Africa on urban infrastructure.

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Seed funded: What do digital technologies mean for African urban development? 


This LSE Cities’ seed fund project covers a pilot study into the impact Uber has on transport provision, job creation and labour informalisation in Lagos and Nairobi. 

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Ordinary Streets


Ordinary Streets was an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’, and engages with issues of immigration, adaptation and urban multiculture.

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Theatrum Mundi

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Theatrum Mundi is a professional network of urbanists and artists that offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion about practices relating to cultural and public space in the city. It is now an independent charity based at Somerset House.

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Super-diverse Streets

Super Diverse Streets

The Super-diverse Streets project was an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration. It was a comparative analysis of ‘super-diverse’ high streets that explored how urban retail economies and spaces are shaped by and shape migrant practices.

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Precarious Homes

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Precarious Homes is an Urban Age research project examining current approaches to housing in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Lagos and whether they are fostering or constraining the achievement of better and more just urban futures.

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 Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes


Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes was led by the Configuring Light / Staging the Social Programme and explored how social research could be better used to help designers understand social spaces and users they are designing for.

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Urban Age city survey (Mumbai)


This research extended two representative city surveys previously conducted in São Paulo and Istanbul to Mumbai. The surveys analysed how residents are responding to the challenges of social inclusion, the environment, transport, security and urban governance.

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Next urban economy


In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C, this research project analysed new urban and metropolitan economies emerging after the 2008 financial crisis.

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Urban intelligences, subjects and subjectivities


Urban intelligences, subjects and subjectivities, led by Senior Urban Fellow from 2013–2014 Adam Greenfield, sought to develop a richer account of the affective and experiential dimensions of everyday urban life in the presence of networked informatic systems.

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The Mellon Fellowship: Urban Memoryscapes


The Urban Memoryscapes project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2014-2015 Naomi Roux, examined the means by which collective and public memory is inscribed and contested in urban space. 

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Measuring impact beyond financial return


This research project, which was funded by the European Investment Bank University Research Sponsorship programme (EIBURS), reviewed and developed theory, policy and practice on better assessments of wider outcomes from impact investment.

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Cities, health and well-being


The 2011 Urban Age conference in Hong Kong provided a platform from which to continue the Centre’s research and collaborations on urban health and well-being. Building on this, LSE Cities hosted a dedicated Lecture Series on “Cities, health and well-being” during 2012/13.

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Access to the City


Socio-spatial segregation and inadequate urban transport provision are critical factors in exacerbating income and wealth inequalities in cities. This research project looked at the linkages between accessibility, mobility and activity participation in three developing world megacities; Istanbul, São Paulo and Mumbai.

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European Metromonitor


The European Metromonitor project drew on LSE Cities’ research on the economic resilience of European cities in order to establish an interactive exchange platform for the dissemination of key findings and case studies relating to metro-level responses to the economic crisis.

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 Mellon Fellowship: The Metropolitan Melancholia


The Metropolitan Melancholia project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ed Charlton, sought to map the contemporary cityscape in terms that spatialise the condition’s associated feelings of loss, abjection and implacability.

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The Mellon Fellowship: New Citizens



The New Citizens project, led by Mellon Research Fellow for 2015-2016 Ninad Pandit, scrutinised the ways in which political and economic uncertainties of the postcolonial moment enabled the emergence of new violent forms of politics led by urban literary intellectuals in western India.

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