Urban Age Conference on Urban Governance in Delhi

The London School of Economics LSE Citiesinitiative, focussing on the study of cities and their development in an increasingly urbanised world, organised the Urban Age 2014 conference in the Indian city of Delhi with the support of the German foundation Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Indian National Institute of Urban Affairs.

Under the title ‘Governing Urban Futures’, the conference brought together important figures and experts in the analysis of local governance, including academics such as Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Gerald Frug (Harvard), Richard Burdett (LSE) and Ananya Roy (Berkeley); strategic planning managers such as Shankar Aggarwal (India) and Thomas Wright (New York); renowned urban planners and architects such as Gosés Castillo (Mexico) and Geetah Tiwari (India); and mayors and representatives from the local world, such as the former mayor of Bogotà, Enrique Peñalosa, the mayor of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, the South African Minister for Cooperative Governance, Pravin Gordhan, and the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, to discuss issues such as the relationship between urbanisation and governance and the importance of applying inclusive governance to city design.

During the seminar, the results of the questionnaire on urban governance produced jointly by LSE Cities, UN-Habitat and the UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Self-Government were presented, an initiative focussing on analysing the role of local governments around the world in the processes of designing and implementing public policy.

More information: http://delhi2014.lsecities.net