The course will be taught by:
- Professor Ricky Burdett
Director, the Urban Age and LSE Cities; Professor of Urban Studies, LSE
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the LSE and Director of the Urban Age and 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. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, 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 the 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 for the Architecture and Urbanism Unit, 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.
- Dr Philipp Rode
Executive Director, LSE Cities; Associate Professorial Research Fellow, LSE; Co-Director, Executive MSc in Cities, LSE
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE. He is co-director of the LSE Executive MSc in Cities and co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. He holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at LSE, which focused on urban governance and integrated policy making. As a researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN-Habitat/Habitat III and on city-level green economy strategies, which includes co-directing the LSE Cities research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Report. He is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 has organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in over a dozen world cities, bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts. He manages the Urban Age research efforts and recently co-authored Towards New Urban Mobility: The case of London and Berlin (2015), Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and heat energy demand (2014), Transforming Urban Economies (2013) and Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy (2012).
- Professor Tony Travers
Director, LSE London; Visiting Professor, LSE; Chair, British Government@LSE
Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the LSE. He is also a Visiting Professor in LSE’s Department of Government. His key research interests include public finance, local/regional government and London government. In 2012-13, he chaired the London Finance Commission and was subsequently a member of the City Growth Commission. Following this, he chaired an independent commission on local government finance in Wales from 2015-16. He has been an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government The Politics of the Poll Tax (1994), Paying for Health, Education and Housing How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (2000), The Politics of London: Governing an Ungovernable City (2003) and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50 (2015).
- Dr Savvas Verdis
Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities; Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities
Savvas Verdis is a Senior Research Fellow at LSE Cities, the Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities and the founder of challengecircles.com. Until recently he was a Director of Infrastructure Economics at Seimens Cities. At the LSE, he manages the Executive Education programmes, which include: tailored learning experiences for organisations; the Executive Summer School programme on London and Global Cities; and the Executive MSc in Cities. He previously worked in the advisory service of LSE Cities and led the research of the ninth Urban Age conference in Rio de Janeiro. He has consulted numerous city and national governments on their infrastructure strategies in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Property Analytics, an algorithm-based property rating website that ranked residential properties in London and New York. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.