LSE: NYC Policy, populism and post-truth

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Minouche Shafik, Director of London School of Economics and Political Science will be joined by LSE Faculty and other guests for an evening of discussion on policy, populism and post-truth. 

A reception will follow. The event is open to all LSE alumni and close friends of the School.  Registration is essential and places are limited.  Please book a place at
LSE: NYC Policy, populism and post-truth

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:  4:30-9:00pm (Welcome at 5:00pm)
Venue:  The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC  

New York and London: leading cities of the urban age? 

Ricky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities
Marisa Lago, Chair, New York City Planning Commission
Tony Travers, Director, Institute of Public Affairs
Chaired by Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic of the New York Times   

London and New York are admired, successful and highly-complex cities. Yet other cities are now larger, with newer infrastructure, rapidly-developing economies and fewer constraints on development.  Can New York and London deliver a competitive quality of life for more of their citizens?  How do they re-build their subways, public housing and improve the design of new developments?  Why are they out-of-step with the politics of their respective nations – and should this lead their mayors to seek to transforms them into quasi-independent city-states? 

Minouche Shafik, the new director of LSE
In Conversation with Mervyn King

Mervyn King, School Professor at the London School of Economics
Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics

Professor the Lord Mervyn King, former governor of the BoE and School Professor at the London School of Economics speaks to new LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik about her vision for the School and Higher Education’s public value in the current global climate. Amidst the challenges facing public policy and evidence based decision making both in the US and the UK, the two peers will discuss the need to challenge anti-intellectualism and for HE to connect – and be relevant to – the world around it. Minouche and Mervyn will share some of their observations about the position and value of experts in a post truth age and ask whether the UK / US are retreating from globalisation and if so, what impact this might have. 


Ricky Burdett is professor of urban studies at LSE.  He has been architectural advisor to the mayor of London and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics.  He was director of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in London.  He was also a member of the UK government’s airports commission.  In the US, he was a member of the Housing and Urban Development Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition and of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  He leads LSE Cities, a global centre of research and teaching at LSE. He has led a series of Urban Age conferences in cities around the world and has authored or written a number of books about global cities.

Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic of the New York Times. His work has focused on urban affairs, public space, infrastructure and social equity, as well as on new buildings and designs. He was the paper's chief art critic; and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East.  He received the Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 2014 and was the Annie Sonnenblick Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University in 2016.  He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and was Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale where he had also been a Poynter Fellow.  He is an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and contributes to the New York Review of Books. He recently wrote a major feature on London’s new Crossrail line. 

Mervyn King was Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013, and is currently School Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lord King was made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by the Queen a Knight of the Garter in 2014. 

Marisa Lago is Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission. She served in the Obama Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development.  She has been president and chief executive officer of Empire State Development, where she advanced projects including the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the expansion and renovation of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  Prior to this, she was Global Head of Compliance for Citigroup’s corporate and investment bank after having headed the Office of International Affairs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  She has also been Chief Economic Development Officer in Boston.

Tony Travers is director of the LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and is leading the implementation of a new School of Public Policy.  He is a professor in the School’s government department.  He twice chaired the London Finance Commission for successive mayors of London and chaired the independent commission on local government finance in Wales. Currently he is a member of a commission set up by the new mayor of the West Midlands and is co-chairing the King’s Commission on London. He has advised Parliamentary committees in both UK Houses of Parliament and was a member of the UK government’s Audit Commission. He is a member of the London New York Dialogue, an expert group created to inform comparative research between the two cities. He has written a number of books about London government. 

About the Director
Dr. Minouche Shafik was appointed Director of the London School of Economics as of 1 September 2017. 

An economist by training, Minouche has spent most of her career straddling the worlds of public policy and academia.  After completing her BSc in economics and politics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she took a MSc in economics at LSE before completing a DPhil in economics at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.Minouche’s early research focused on the determinants of investment, the environment and economic growth, the economies of the Middle East and North Africa, trade and migration.  She taught at both Georgetown University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.