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Future Cities Annual Conference

The second annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at Jesus College Cambridge

Jesus College Cambridge

Future Cities

The  second annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at Jesus College

The world’s growing population is rapidly urbanising and cities are undergoing rapid transformation, even in the developed world we are facing a number of challenges in how to make our cities efficient, resilient, adaptable and sustainable. Key decisions need to be made around the growth and development of cities, how technology is used and how we live together in cities.  These issues will be critical to the success of cities and real estate investments within them.

The Cambridge Future Cities Conference 2017 brings together academic experts, industry leaders, researchers and policy decision makers to discuss how we can best design, develop, govern and thrive in cities and explore the challenges and opportunities presented in developing sustainable cities for the future.  This international conference is global in outlook this year has a particular focus on 'Growing our cities well'. 

The conference will include sessions from how  technological innovation and use of data will be instrumental in shaping cities of the future and influencing how we live in them to the effect of migration and demographic change on developing cities and governance.  The conference programme will allow ample opportunity for questions and informal discussion.


 The main conference will begin at 9:30am, with welcome refreshments available from 8:45am and will finish at 5:30pm. Drinks and canapes will be served in The Pavillion bar set in the beautiful historic grounds of Jesus College, providing the opportunity for informal discussion and networking.


 The conference Key themes include:

  • Technology, Intelligence and Information: How technology and innovation will shape cities in the future?
  • Technology - connectivity and Networks: How these technologies will change how we live in cities?
  • Migration and Demographic Change: What challenges do these forces present to cities and growth?
  • Democracy and Governance:  Issues of governance, policy and inclusion

The Keynote speaker and visiting fellow for 2017 will be Professor Carlo Ratti; Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Director of the MIT senseable City Lab and named in Wired Magazine's Smart List,  '50 people who will change the world'


Confirmed Speakers, Chairs and Panelists:
(in no particular order)

Carlo Ratti, Keynote speaker;  Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Director of the MIT senseable City Lab

Prof. Phil Allmendinger;  Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Charlie Leadbeater;  Author and former advisor to Tony Blair

Andrew Carter;  CEO, Centre for Cities

Mark Kleinman;  Director, Economic and Business Policy, Greater London Authority

Christopher Choa;  Director, Cities and Urban Development, AECOM

Prof. Philip McCann;  Endowed Chair of Economic Geography, University of Groningen

Prof. David Howarth;  Reader in Law, University of Cambridge

Kenneth Howse;  Co-Director, The Oxford Institute for Population Ageing

Dr Maria Abreu;  Lecturer in Land Economy, University of Cambridge  - ''Migration and Demographic change'

Dr Shailaja Fennell;  Lecturer in Development Studies & Director of Research, University of Cambridge

Nick Mansley; Executive Director, Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre, University of Cambridge

Professor Colin Lizieri; Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance, Head of The Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Alison van Diggelen; Journalist & BBC correspondent

Bridget Rosewell; Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Hugh Bullock; Chairman, GeraldEve

Lucy Musgrave; Founder, Publica


The conference includes short presentations by prizewinning PhD students on their latest research into how future cities may be designed, operated and lived within to meet social, economic and environmental aims. These up and coming researchers will also be available to talk face to face with delegates about their research.


 Who should attend:

The conferences are by invitation and bring together an expert community of academics, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, real estate developers, investors and policymakers from the urban sphere.

In doing so, this provides an opportunity to build networks between researchers across generations and institutions and facilitate collaborative working.

The conferences also provide the unique opportunities for creative, innovative investors and developers to meet with academics and researchers to find out about the latest research and developments  and how these impact on strategy, challenges and key decisions about cities in the future.

If you would like to know more about the Future Cities Conference or or wish to express an interest in attending, please email


CapcoThe Future Cities Conferences are supported  by London property firm Capital & Counties Properties Plc.