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LSE Cities Executive Summer School short course: London and Global Cities

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LSE Cities Executive Summer School short course: London and Global Cities


LSE Cities is pleased to announce that this Summer, we will be running a course in LSE’s Executive Summer School for the first time.

London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design will take place from 30 June to 4 July 2014 at LSE’s central London campus.

The five day course is an intensive exploration and analysis of how London is governed and managed, drawing parallels with other major cities. Led by Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Tony Travers and Philipp Rode, the course draws on LSE Cities and LSE London’s research work. Key themes will include governance, planning and design, infrastructure, transport, housing and economic competitiveness.

The programme will include classes given by the core teaching group; guest lectures by key members of London’s political, development, transport and housing sectors; and, visits to some of the city’s most dynamic developments.

Fifteen years after London adopted a directly elected Mayor, the course will unravel how the city is governed, and how the Mayor works through complex layers of local and central government. It will explore how major infrastructure projects like CrossRail, the Congestion Charge and the “Boris bike” system have been funded and implemented. It will describe the loose planning regime of a city enshrined in the London Plan which has led to the rediscovery of the urban skyscraper and promoted a new generation of large-scale, private sector driven developments like Canary Wharf and King’s Cross, as well as the public-sector driven transformation of East London accelerated by the London 2012 Olympics. It will also explain the tensions and challenges posed by an acute housing shortage and increasing inequality amongst its diverse and multi-cultural communities.

The course is designed to appeal to a wide range of early-to-mid career professionals in the public and private sector engaged in managing urban change. These will include urban policy makers and advisers in emerging and established markets, urban analysts in management, planning and urban design consultancies as well as specialists in strategy, investment.  It will be of relevance to anyone  who wishes to benefit from a privileged insight into the dynamics of a world city that, in some respects, provides a successful model for other global centres.

The course will include assignments and a voluntary examination, and participants will receive a certificate from the LSE.

The intensive programme will cover a wide range of issues facing London and global cities, including:

Governance: From regional and neighbourhood government arrangements to fiscal autonomy, public-private coalitions and the challenge of reform.
Planning & design: Including the London Plan; design quality and making the city liveable; density vs sprawl, heritage vs modernity, skyline vs streetscape, and metropolitan vs neighbourhood needs.
Infrastructure: How London assesses the infrastructure it needs; planning for London’s rapid population growth; access to private finance; intelligent decision-making and climate change.
Transport: Fitting London’s transport policy into the city’s wider planning framework; assessing the appropriate role for private and public transport; planning ahead of population growth; buses and taxis, cycling and walking, and the use of fees and charges to provide incentives.
Housing: Looking at how to balance London’s business and housing needs; sustaining mixed communities in the inner and central areas; subsidising homes for the poor; attracting and managing foreign buyers; matching housing to population growth and transport; regeneration of former industrial land and buildings; and the economic development of London’s outer boroughs.
Economic competitiveness: Incorporating City incentives to encourage new sectors; the evolution of ‘Tech City’ in Shoreditch; The ‘Olympics Effect’ on east London; skills shortages and migration impacts; staging major sporting and cultural events, and London’s record in dealing with terrorism or environmental disasters.


Dates: 30 Jun – 4 Jul 14, LSE’s central London campus
Fee: £3,350 (Five day intensive programme)


Ricky Burdett, Philipp Rode, Tony Travers


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