The Research Seminar in Cities, Space & Development is a weekly series of expert-led discussions, taking place at LSE on Tuesdays 5-6.30pm in the East Building, room EAS.E168. The seminars are open to all.

A full list of topics and speakers is available below. If you have any queries about the series please contact the seminar convenor, Dr Claire Mercer: c.c.mercer@lse.ac.uk.


Oct 8

Planetary urbanism: Towards a new epistemology of the urban

Professor Christian Schmid, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Chair: Professor Ian Gordon

Oct 22

Inclusionary approaches to urban planning: lessons in poverty reduction from South Africa

Professor Sue Parnell, African Centre for Cities and Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town

Chair: Dr Gareth Jones


Oct 29

Bringing the bosses back in’: Employer control and domestic work

Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

British colonial legacies and a culture of migration

Sin Yee Koh, PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

Chair: Dr Murray Low


Nov 12

Religious transnationalism and suburban change in London and Vancouver

Dr Claire Dwyer, Department of Geography, UCL

Chair: Dr Alan Mace


Nov 19

Is ‘pro-poor agricultural growth’ inclusive? Gender perspectives on agriculture and rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Agnes Andersson, Department of Geography, University of Lund

Chair: Professor Sylvia Chant


Nov 26

Urban citizens of ‘another world’: Itineraries of the right to the city in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela

Dr Ryan Centner, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

Chair: Dr Hyun Shin


Dec 3

Mediated minority mobilities: labour geographies of India’s new service economy

Dr Al James, Department of Geography, QMUL

Chair: Dr Nancy Holman


Dec 10

Title tbc

Professor Joe Painter, Department of Geography, Durham University

Chair: Dr Murray Low

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