LSE's work on cities has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 22 February 2018.
The Prize was personally presented to Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE, and Professor Ricky Burdett CBE, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Prize, which is part of the UK honours system, is given biennially to 20 institutions across the UK, recognising excellence in a number of key academic fields which have had impact on society and the wider community.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for 2016-2018 is awarded in recognition of LSE Cities’ work on ‘training, research and policy formulation for cities of the future and a new generation of urban leaders around the world.’
Commenting on the award, Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Professor of Urban Studies at LSE, said: “We are delighted that our work on cities has been recognised with such a distinguished prize at a time when the design, planning and governance of our urban futures is at such a critical stage.”
Dame Minouche Shafik said: “This is an enormous honour for the School and a credit to the dedication of the LSE Cities team. Their pioneering focus on the impact, development and sustainability of cities is a prime example of university research, teaching and engagement facing up to the world’s most urgent challenges.”
This is the third time LSE has received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The School previously received the award in 2010 for the work of LSE Health and Social Care, and its application of research to the advancement of global health and social care policy. In 2002, the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE was recognised for its research, teaching and policy development around unemployment and inequality.