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Shaping major cities – the challenge of being a mayor

Hosted by LSE Cities and LSE School of Public Policy

In-person and online public event (Auditorium, Centre Building)

Speaker

Marvin Rees OBE

Marvin Rees OBE

Chair

Professor Alexander Evans

Professor Alexander Evans

Running and shaping cities is among the most complex and challenging areas of public policy. What is it like to be a mayor? 

What lessons are there about how to represent, lead and shape a city? How difficult is it to balance short-term priorities with long-term vision and strategy? And what does central government need to learn about public policy and city services from the sharp end? Join us as we host Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, to address this and more.

Meet our speaker and chair

Marvin Rees OBE (@MarvinJRees) is the Mayor of Bristol. When he was first elected in May 2016, he became the first directly elected mayor of Black African heritage of any major European city. Before taking office, Rees worked at the international development agency Tearfund, was a broadcast journalist at the BBC and a program manager for the National Health Service. He was re-elected as mayor in 2021.

Alexander Evans (@aiaevans) is Professor in Practice of Public Policy and Programme Director of the MPA in Data Science, LSE School of Public Policy. He is a former adviser to the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street and Director Cyber at the Foreign Office where he was the U.K.’s chief international cyber policy negotiator. He has served as Strategy Director in the Cabinet Office which included overseeing the Government Strategic Management Office responsible for data analytics.

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LSE Cities (@LSECities) is an international centre that investigates the complexities of the contemporary city. It carries out research, graduate and executive education, outreach and advisory activities in London and abroad.

The LSE School of Public Policy (@LSEPublicPolicy) equips you with the skills and ideas to transform people and societies. It is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Their approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

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