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Future Cities Annual Conference 2018

The third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge

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Future Cities

The  third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College.

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The Cambridge Future Cities Conference 2018 will once more bring together academic experts, industry leaders, researchers and policy decision makers to discuss issues related to how we can design, develop, govern and manage cities and explore the challenges and opportunities presented in developing successful and sustainable cities for the future.  This international conference is global in outlook and this year will have a particular focus on 'Successful Cities of the Future'. 

The conference will include sessions from how technology and data will be instrumental in shaping successful cities of the future to looking at the challenges of housing and travel. 


The conference themes, include:

  • How can AI and automation be harnessed to make cities more productive?
  • How can people travel into and around cities more efficiently?
  • What can information and technology do to address housing issues?
  • How can policymakers and real estate investors contribute and use innovation to enhance city and real estate investment performance?

Keynote speaker Professor Chris Webster:

Prof. Webster has a background in urban planning, computer science, economics and economic geography and is a leading urban theorist and spatial economic modeller.  Prof. Webster is the founder of and directs HKUrbanLab, a set of interdisciplinary research labs hosted by the University of Hong Kong, many of which deal in urban big data and smart city ideas.  Read more here


Outline Conference Programme

Sessions, Speakers, Chairs and Panelists:

Conference opens at 8.45-9.30am for tea/coffee refreshments


Session One:  Integrating technology to make cities and buildings more efficient

Keynote Speech by Professor Chris Webster - 'Operational and strategic issues in integrating technology into cities and the built environment'

Professor Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School
Rick Robinson, Leader, Digital Property and Cities Business, Arup
Q&A led by Andrea Carpenter


PhD Student Research Presentations - part 1


Session Two - Panel and Q&A:  Transport - travel into and around cities

Matthew Gwyther, Presenter, Radio 4's In Business (Chair)
Joanna Rowelle, Director in Integrated City Planning, Arup
Emma Fletcher, Managing Director, SmithsonHill
Gareth Sumner, Foresight Manager - Transport Innovation, Transport for London

Andrea Carpenter - Summary thoughts


PhD Student Research Presentations - part 2


Lunch 1:25-2:25pm - PhD Research Poster Displays and networking


Session Three:  Successful cities, places and buildings

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

Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT senseable City Lab

Andrea Carpenter
- Summary thoughts


A property company perspective

Gary Yardley, “Future Cities: Re-Generation & Housing – where do the real issues lie?”

Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers - Q&A with
Gary Yardley, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Capco 


Session Four:  Strategic alliances in scaling up housing delivery

Dr Nicky Morrison, Dept of Land Economy, University of Cambridge Chair
Dame Kate Barker CBE
, UK Eusiness Economist & expert on housing policy
Ben Pluijmers, Chair of European Federation for Living
Nicholas Falk, Executive Director, URBED Trust
Austen Reid, Director of Development, Clarion

Andrea Carpenter - Summary thoughts


Closing Remarks - Nick Mansley, Executive Director, Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre


5:30-7:30pm - Networking, drinks and canapes


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.  Read more about the Prize Fellows here


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.

The third annual Cambridge Future Cities Conference will be on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge

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