Cities and their governance structures are at the centre of the current urban development debate.
Philipp Rode presented new insights from various cities, comparative perspectives on different forms of urban administration and global agendas. All these measures are aimed at further strengthening urban governance structures. Regardless of whether managing the relationships between urban planning and transport policy or between local economic development and climate change, the concept of urban governance implies dealing with highly complex constellations requiring both stable institutions and enabling change.
The lecture highlighted challenges and opportunities in the context of decentralisation, multi-level governance, integrated planning and local democracy. It also discussed discrepancies between research and practice, tensions between politics and technocracy, increasing digitisation and innovations in governance
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of the international research centre LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The focus of his current research work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. He is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. 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