Dr Savvas Verdis

Dr Savvas Verdis

Senior Lecturer in Practice, LSE Cities and Co-Director, Executive Masters in Cities

LSE Cities

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Key Expertise
Infrastructure Finance, Urban Development, Executive Education

About me

Savvas is a Senior Lecturer in Practice at LSE Cities and the School of Public Policy. With Philipp Rode, he is the co-Director of Executive Education Programmes at LSE Cities, which include the Executive Masters in Cities, custom programmes and short courses aimed at leaders in both national and local government. He has helped bring systems thinking and campaigning to the school's undergraduate curriculum via the LSE 100, LSE LIFE & LSE Laidlaw programmes. Over the last decade he has worked with over 500 graduate students on a case method led course on the political analysis of urban projects.

Savvas’ teaching focuses on bridging the policy-politics divide by helping urban leaders organise wider support for sustainable development. His most recent consultations include an infrastructure feasibility study on behalf of the Dutch Government; a review of child friendly urban policies for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and the design of a city index for the International Federation for Housing and Planning.

From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Rankdesk, a rating and valuation composite index for home buyers based on over 40 social and environmental parameters. From 2013 to 2016 he was Director of Infrastructure Economics at Siemens.

He completed his PhD at Cambridge University in 2007 and trained as a development economist at UCL's Development Planning Unit.



Full publications listed on LSE Research Online 



Expertise Details

Campaigning; Public Narrative; Cities Leadership