THE PROGRAMME IS LED BY PROFESSOR RICKY BURDETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHILIPP RODE, PROFESSOR TONY TRAVERS & DEPUTY DIRECTOR 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.
Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and has practised as an architect in South Africa. She is Co-director of the Cities Programme and Associate Professor in Sociology at the LSE. Her research and teaching interests explore intersections of global migration and urban marginalisation in the context of inequality, discrimination and resistance. Her research focuses on the street life of brutal borders, migrant economies and urban multi-culture.
The research engages with streets in deprived and culturally diverse parts of UK cities including: the ‘Ordinary Streets’ project based in south London (supported by an LSE Cities Fellowship), and the ‘Super-diverse Streets’ project based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Manchester (funded by an ESRC Future Research Leader’s award, ES/L009560/1). Her recent project on the ‘Migrant Margins’ is based in South Africa, and brings into dialogue urban sociologies of ‘race’ and postcolonial approaches to city-making in urban studies.
She is recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2017, an LSE Teaching Award, the Robert McKenzie PhD prize, and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture.
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 Deputy Director of the Executive MSc in Cities and a Senior Research Fellow. He previously worked as a director at Siemens and in the advisory service of LSE Cities, along with leading 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