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“Cities and the New Climate Economy: The Role of Urban Form and Transport” – Philipp Rode
Philipp Rode in this lecture presents the findings of the cities research programme of the Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project which LSE Cities is co-leading. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.
Issues which the lecture addresses
This lecture presents the findings of the cities research programme of the Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project which LSE Cities is co-leading. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.
Short analysis of the above issues
It has been repeatedly argued that cities have a unique opportunity to build a different model of economic growth – one which achieves the benefits of growth but with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions alongside co-benefits such as improved health. And it is commonly understood that this will require a focus on actions that are systematically important for how cities function including decisions around urban form, city design and transport.
Propositions for addressing the issue
This lecture features some of the core findings and arguments that were recently published in the first NCE publication ‘Better growth, better climate’ and position the role of cities as part of a global green economy transition.
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 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’. As 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. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 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), ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy’ (2012), and ‘Transforming Urban Economies’ (2013).
ADDITIONAL READING MATERIAL
Rode, Philipp; Graham Floater et al (2014): Accessibility in cities: transport and urban form New Climate Economy Cities, Paper 03. LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. London
Floater, Graham , Philipp Rode et al (2014): Cities and the New Climate Economy: the transformative role of global urban growth. New Climate Economy Cities, Paper 01. LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. London
Rode, Philipp (2014): The Politics and Planning of Urban Compaction: The Case of the London Metropolitan Region. The Economy of Sustainable Construction. N. J. Ilka and Andreas Ruby. Berlin, Ruby Press.
Rode, Philipp and Floater, Graham (2013): Going Green. How cities are leading the next economy. A global survey and case studies of cities building the green economy. Final Report. LSE Cities, ICLEI and GGGI. London
Rode, Philipp et al (2011): Green Cities. In: ‘The Green Economy Report’. United Nations Environment Programme
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