Professor Ricky Burdett

Professor Ricky Burdett

Professor of Urban Studies, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age

School of Public Policy

020 7107 5232
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English, Italian
Key Expertise
Cities, Urban Studies

About me

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of LSE Cities, a global centre of research and teaching at LSE which received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2016-18. At LSE he teaches in the Executive MSc in Cities and other courses and co-directs the Urban Age programme. Burdett is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, former Council Member of the Royal College of Art and a Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He was a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and a member of UK Government’s Urban Task Force. In 2014, Burdett was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University (2010-2014). Alongside his academic activities, Burdett acts as a consultant to national and city governments, private companies and philanthropic agencies. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics and Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism, Mayor of London (2001-2006). He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007). Burdett was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning and awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art in 2019.



Publications (selected)

Griffiths, Peter; Burdett, Ricky and Philipp, Rode, eds. Developing Urban Futures, Urban Age conference newspaper, Addis Ababa, LSE Cities. 2018

Burdett, Ricky and Philipp, Rode, eds. Shaping cities in an urban age. Phaidon. London. UK. 2018

Burdett, Ricky ‘Flexible Urbanisms’ in: R Burdett and P Rode, eds., Shaping cities in an urban age. Phaidon. London. UK. 2018

Sennett, Richard and Burdett, Ricky and Sassen, Saskia and Clos, Joan. The Quito papers and the new urban agenda. Routledge. 2018

Hall, Suzanne and Burdett, Ricky, eds. The Sage handbook of the 21st century city. SAGE Publications. 2018

Burdett, Ricky ‘Inequality and patterns of urban growth’ in United Nations Development Programme, The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, Volume 13, Issue No. 3, December 2016

JF Sallis, JF, F Bull, R Burdett, LD Frank, P Griffiths, B Giles-Corti and M Stevenson, ‘Urban Design, Transport and Health’. The Lancet, Vol. 388, No. 10062, September 2016

Burdett, Ricky ‘Designing Inequality?’, BRAZIL: Restructuring Urban, March 2016

Burdett, Ricky ‘Can Cities reduce poverty?’, in Ban Ki-moon (ed), Sustainable Development Goals: the People’s Agenda, a UN-INA publication, United Nations Association, March 2016

Burdett, Ricky ‘Counterpoint’ in H Hartman (ed) Brazil: Restructuring the Urban, Architectural Design, (May/June 2016), John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. 2016

Burdett, Ricky ‘Democratizing Public Space’, in B Hoidn (ed): DEMO-POLIS, Akademie derKünste, Berlin and Verlag Park Books, Zürich, March 2016

J Kandt, S Shu-Sen Chang , PC Yip and R Burdett ‘The spatial pattern of premature mortality in Hong Kong: How does it relate to public housing?’, Urban Studies, 2016

Burdett, Ricky et al; Who runs our cities? How governance structures around the world compare, Guardian Cities, 25 November 2015

R Burdett et al, Cities in numbers: How patterns of urban growth change the world, Guardian Cities, 23 November 2015

R Burdett et al, A tale of four world cities – London, Delhi, Tokyo and Bogotá compared, Guardian Cities, 11 February 2015

R Burdett ,ed.  ‘Innovation in Europe’s Cities: A report by LSE Cities on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2014 Mayors Challenge, LSE Cities, 2015

Burdett, Ricky; Cruz, Teddy; Harvey, David; Sassen, Saskia; Tehrani, Nader Uneven Growth: tactical urbanisms for expanding megacities, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2014

Burdett, Ricky 'Legacies of an archaic modernist: Embracing Cities, Shaping London' in Melvin, Jeremy, (ed.) Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2013

Colantonio, Andrea; Burdett, Ricky and Rode, Philipp, Transforming urban economies: policy lessons from European and Asian cities. Routledge, Hampshire, UK. 2013

Burdett, Ricky 'Resilience and culture in the contemporary city'. In: Wang, Wilfried, (ed.) Culture:city. Lars Müller, Berlin. 2013

Burdett, Ricky 'Designing urban democracy: mapping scales of urban identity'. Public culture, 25 (2). 2013

Burdett, Ricky and Sudjic, Deyan, (eds.) Living in the endless city. Phaidon, London, UK. 2011

Burdett, Ricky 'Living in the urban age'. In: Burdett, Ricky and Sudjic, Deyan, (eds.) Living in the endless city. Phaidon, London, UK. 2011

Burdett, Ricky 'London - the Olympic legacy'. A+U - Architecture and urbanism, (485). pp. 70-74. 2011

Rode, Philipp and Burdett, Ricky 'Cities: investing in energy and resource efficiency'. In: Towards a green economy: pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication. United Nations Environment Programme, pp. 453-492. 2011

Rode, Philipp and Burdett, Richard 'Cities'. In: Towards a green economy: pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya, pp. 449-489. 2011

Burdett, Richard and Sudjic, Deyan, (eds.) The endless city. Phaidon, London, UK. 2008



Executive MSc in Cities (course director)