A FLEXIBLE, TAILOR-MADE PROGRAMME FOR URBAN PROFESSIONALS IN THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND THIRD SECTORS WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THE WAY THEIR ORGANISATIONS UNDERSTAND AND DELIVER CHANGE IN CITIES
Exposure to state-of-the-art data and analysis by LSE Cities, one of the world’s leading urban research centres
Coaching and leadership development with people who have studied and delivered lasting urban change
Advanced critical thinking and best practice from cities, networks and people coming together in one of the world’s most dynamic cities
Learning experiences that put participants in real decision-making situations that are relevant to professional practice
THE PROGRAMME IS LED BY PROFESSOR RICKY BURDETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHILIPP RODE, PROFESSOR TONY TRAVERS & DR SAVVAS VERDIS BRINGING A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF URBAN GOVERNANCE, DESIGN, TRANSPORT, FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL CITIES WITH INPUT FROM LSE FACULTY AND A NETWORK OF VISITING GLOBAL FELLOWS
Greg Clark is a global advisor for cities, major businesses, and investors. He works with leadership teams in global cities, global firms, global institutions, and at global gatherings. His current roles include:
* Chairman, OECD LEED Forum on Local Development and Investment Strategies, OECD, Paris.
* Global Fellow, Metropolitan Programme and Global Cities Initiative, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
* Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute, Europe, London, UK.
* Chairman, JLL Cities Research Centre.
* Fellow, Future Cities Catapult.
* Chairman, London Stansted Cambridge Corridor Consortium.
* Board Member, London Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and London Economic Strategy Group (EDP).
* Board Member of: Crossrail 2 Growth Commission, West Anglia Task Force.
* Member, Lead Expert Board, UK Government Future of Cities Foresight Project.
Trained as an Economist, Social and Political Scientist, City & Regional Planner, he is a Harkness Fellow and author of ten books and numerous reports and papers on cities and business development issues.
From 2008 to 2016 he was chairman of the International Advisory Board of the New York Regional Plan, Oslo Regional Strategy, Salvador, Vienna, and Sao Paulo Strategic Plans and he was International Advisor on the Metropolitan Strategic Plans of Rio da Janeiro, Barcelona, Gauteng/Johannesburg, Western Cape, Toronto, Glasgow, Mumbai, Turin and Auckland. He has advised on metropolitan governance reform in London, Toronto, Barcelona, Auckland, Sao Paulo, Milan, and Oslo. He has led 20 Reviews of city and regional development for the OECD. He has advised on national policies for cities and regions in UK, Ireland, Canada, China, India, Colombia, Sri Lanka, South Africa¸ New Zealand, Italy, Slovakia, and Latvia.
He regularly chairs summits and congresses on development issues and acts as a moderator for leadership forums and boards. He is currently moderator of the World Mayors Forum, The Moscow Urban Forum, The Asia Pacific Cities Summit. He has led more than 100 summits and events for JP Morgan, Grosvenor, ICSC, INREV, ANREV, IEDC, ULI, OECD, World Bank, UN, The FT, The EIB, MIPIM, LSE, Brookings Institution, and The EU Council.
Dame Tessa Jowell is a former MP and UK Government Secretary of State. She was Minister for the Olympics from 2005-2010 and Secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport from 2001-2007. In she was appointed Professor of Practice working with LSE Cities and the Department of Government on a range of academic and outreach initiatives. She stood down from UK Parliament in 2015, having served as an MP for the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992.
Henk Ovink was Senior Adviser for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Before joining the Task Force in early 2013, Ovink was Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director of National Spatial Planning for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands. He was co-curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam Making City 2012 and curator for the ANCB Berlin programme Design and Politics, the next phase
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, and Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.
David Satterthwaite is a senior fellow at IIED and visiting professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. Two recent books co-authored with Diana Mitlin were Urban Poverty in the Global South; Scale and Nature (2012) and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South (2013). Both were published by Routledge.
He was a co-ordinating lead author of the chapter on urban adaptation in the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he is currently working with other IPCC authors on a book on how cities can combine development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He is President of the British Academy (from July 2013), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014).
Professor Stern has held academic appointments in the UK at Oxford, Warwick and the LSE and abroad including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing.
He was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003.
He was Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-2005; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa from 2004-2005; Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006; and Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007.
He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles and his most recent book is “Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change”.
Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Cities Programme. Her research and teaching is in the fields of urban and economic sociology. Her interests in urbanism include cities and social theory, urban development and design, urban inequalities, spatial divisions and public space. In economic sociology, her research focuses on markets, globalisation, trust and social capital. Publications in these fields include Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (Routledge, 2006). She is the co-author of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (Macmillan, 2000, with Andrew Passey). She is currently managing editor of Economy and Society; she was previously an editor of theBritish Journal of Sociology, and remains a member of the editorial board
Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform.
He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government, The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.
Savvas Verdis is a senior research fellow at LSE Cities and a director at Siemens. He currently manages the Executive Education programmes of LSE Cities and co-designed 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 urban infrastructure strategies in countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Rankdesk, a property rating website for residential investors. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.
Mark Watts serves as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Prior to joining C40, Mark was the Director of Arup’s energy consulting team based in London. Focused on cities and sustainability, he lead Arup’s partnership with the C40 group of cities committed to tackling climate change. Prior to joining Arup as a Director in 2008, he was the climate change and sustainable transport adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.” He led the development of London’s ground-breaking Climate Change Action Plan and the associated programme of projects to reduce London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. Mark is a member of the Yale Climate Dialogue and is a member of the Advisory Group at WRI’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
A unique programme taking you through all stages of the policy and project lifecycle with the leadership skills to help you strategise, engage and deliver.
12-16 September 2016
What are the world’s major urban challenges? Meet the decision makers who are leading through change and analyse your organisation’s position
Develop your personal development plan and identify the key challenges your organisation is facing.
12–16 December 2016
The analytic frameworks to help you understand the latest economic, environmental and social trends in cities, including key performance indicators and understanding multicriteria assessments.
Communication skills and the process of influencing. Through workshops and peer to peer learning sets you will understand your process of influencing, personal impact and personal power.
13–17 February 2017
Strategic visions, forecasting and innovation. How are cities positioning themselves for more sustainable futures? How to translate broader conceptual ideas to specific urban contexts?
Developing strategic thinking and designing structured strategic plans. Using action learning sets, participants will apply the learning from workshops to their actual personal circumstances.
3-7 April 2017
Delivery vehicles, governance structures and financing mechanisms for environmental, social and economic programmes and projects.
Tied to the thematic focus on delivery, we will look at how best you can lead and manage through change. Understand emotional responces and the seven steps to change.
5-9 June 2017
Participants will be embedded consultants in one of two city-focused institutions. One organisation will be seeking your taskforce’s advise on a metropolitan level infrastructure project. The second on a local master plan for a development area.
Having consulted for an external organisation in Session 5, you will conduct an internal strategic management project within your own organisation or an organisation.
Join our directors in cities around the world to discover more about the programme
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2016/17 HAS CLOSED. TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN APPLICATIONS FOR 2017/18 OPEN, PLEASE EMAIL EXEC.LSECITIES@LSE.AC.UK.
Our 2016 brochure contains more information on the application process
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7326
Adress: LSE Cities London School of Economics Tower 2, 8th Floor Clement’s Inn London WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
Applicants that are not able to cover the tuition fees can apply for an Urban Age Scholarship, irrespective of their professional background, nationality or country of residence. Preference will be given to students who can clearly demonstrate that they have no other means of covering the tuition fees
Session 1: 12-16 September 2016
Session 2: 12-16 December 2016
Session 3: 13-17 February 2017
Session 4: 3-7 April 2017
Session 5: 5-9 June 2017
Consultancy project submission: February 2018
The Executive MSc in Cities is designed for public, private and third sector leaders who want to deliver large scale change in cities. We welcome applications from working professionals based in any location around the world, who meet the entry requirements for the programme. If you are unsure whether or not you should apply, please feel free to get in touch and send your CV or resume to our Programme Manager, Stephanie Parr.
• Typically, a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in an urban related public/private/third sector, or professionals with a similar level of experience who wish to move into the urban sector.
• A good first degree: UK 2:1 or higher or equivalent professional qualification. Please refer to the Country Specific Requirements to find out if your degree meets our requirements.
• ‘Standard’ level English Language – IELTS or TOEFL: if your native language is not English or if the language of instruction of your previous degree is not English.
Your employer will need to agree to support your enrolment on the programme and allow the necessary time out of the office to attend the five classroom modules over the first twelve months.
The consultancy project running in the final months of the programme offers employers the opportunity to participate in the student’s learning experience on the programme.
We also encourage you to discuss financial sponsorship with your employer, as an investment in this programme will provide a valuable return for you and your organisation.
Applications open in October each year, for entry to the programme the following September. There is no deadline for applications as we operate admissions on a rolling basis, so you may submit an application at any time – however we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The course fees are £30,000 for UK and overseas students.
The fees cover:
• Course materials
• Some meals and events in London
Please note that travel to all modules, and accommodation in London, is not included in the fees. However, LSE does negotiate corporate rates with hotels near the School that students can benefit from and during some modules rooms may be available in some LSE Residencies.
There will also be an application fee (currently £50 for online applications and £75 for postal applications, subject to change) and a pre-registration fee of £1,500. The pre-registration fee will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.
There are several payment options available to pay your fees once you are a registered student. Please contact the LSE Fees Office (email@example.com) with any questions.
Students that can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply for the Urban Age Scholarship.
Students are not eligible for other LSE scholarships (including the LSE Graduate Support Scheme), as the programme is designed for students to continue working and earning a salary while they study. However there are a range of other financing options available for the programme, outlined below:
The LSE has a dedicated Financial Support Office, and we encourage you to check their website where you can find full details about the range of funding opportunities available to LSE Master’s students.
We provide customised professional development related to each student’s current employment role, and the programme can therefore be hugely beneficial to your company or organisation.
We encourage you discuss this directly with your employer and make a case for their financial sponsorship if this is appropriate, as they will gain valuable return on their investment in sponsoring you.
note you should ensure you have the support of your current employer to attend all of the classroom teaching modules during the programme.
External funding opportunities
A wide range of funding opportunities are available to students from across the world who plan to study on a postgraduate programme in the UK, provided by a number of organisations and charities. We recommend that you search and apply for any appropriate funding available to you, including scholarships, grant schemes, and fellowships.
The LSE Financial Support Office ‘Awards’ web pages provide details of external funding opportunities for students from the UK/European Union, and the rest of the world, listed A-Z by country.
The following websites also provide excellent resources to search for funding:
• British Council
• Postgraduate Studentships
You can also contact the Education Ministry in your home country, or your national Embassy in London, to find out more about funding opportunities for students of your nationality.
Bank loans and government loans
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCLDs) are available to students who have lived in the UK for three years prior to taking out the loan (regardless of whether they are employed or not). Visit the Prospects website to find out more about funding prospects.
For non-UK students, banks in your home country are also likely to offer student loans. Contact large banks based in your local region to find out about your options.
Your government may also have a student loan scheme, for example the Federal Direct Loan Program in the United States. Contact the Education Ministry in your home country, or your national Embassy in London, to find out more about any government loan schemes available to you.
If you’re considering taking out a loan to fund your studies, make sure you think about this decision carefully and choose an option with repayment terms which will be affordable and reasonable for you after you graduate.
• Two references: one academic and one professional reference, OR two professional references if you have been out of university education for more than ten years. See guidance on submitting references for more information.
• Personal statement: include your interest and suitability for the programme, career achievements and ambitions, what you hope to get out of the programme and what you think you can bring to the class.
• CV or resume